Liverpool love a good striker. An Owen, A Dalglish, A Rush, A Suarez. A Heskey? However, Mario Balotelli, a hero slightly further north in Manchester, will seemingly never join the Liverpool elite of strikers that have twisted and turned defenders and scored a bag full of goals for the Reds.
Never short of a headline, the Anfield exit looms ever nearer for Balotelli as Brendan Rodgers has accepted a loan deal with the Italian's former club, AC Milan. Balotelli's Liverpool career has seen him score a solitary league goal and the idiosyncratic genius has seemingly lost the faith of Rodgers and the Anfield faithful.
Despite becoming a cult hero during his time under the reign of Mancini. Balotelli has never been able to replicate the form that saw him win the title and gain huge praise from pundits and musicians, such as former Oasis guitarist and City fan, Noel Gallagher.
The signings of Danny Ings and Christian Benteke from Burnley and Aston Villa has seen Balotelli drop deeper down the pecking order at Anfield and now its seems that his career in Liverpool is all but over.
It was as early as April that the Italian was rumoured to have been told that his time at Anfield was over, but his lack of appearances in Liverpool's 18 man squad for the games against Arsenal, Stoke and Bournemouth have hasten the exit.
Strangely though, the deal is thought to include no buy clause and Liverpool will cover all £100,000 of Balotelli's current contract. It appears that Rodgers is more desperate to get rid of Balotelli than pundits and fans realised. Balotelli met with Milan hierarchy over the weekend and, despite being linked with Watford, has sealed a move back to his favourite club.