Liverpool fans casting an eye over Mario Balotelli's early form at new club Nice would be forgiven for wondering what the Ligue 1 club had done to the £16 million flop that occasionally turned out at Anfield.
The controversial Italian striker has already bagged six goals in just five appearances since joining the French club this summer on a free transfer and, despite a red card at the weekend, appears to be enjoying a new lease of life now that he isn't contracted to the Merseyside club.
According to Balotelli himself, however, Jurgen Klopp actually suggested at one point this summer he go out on loan once again rather than leave permanently. Speaking to Sky Sports Italy, the 26-year-old striker revealed he had a simple two-word response to that idea.
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Having spent a disappointing season on loan at AC Milan in the 2015/16 campaign, Balotelli wasn't at the club when Klopp arrived in October 2015.
And, although Klopp seemed to leave the door open to a potential future at Liverpool, the striker clearly had no intention of going through the loan process one again.
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"Thanks, bye." Balotelli couldn't have made it much clearer where he stood when he realised his chances of playing in Liverpool's first team this season were virtually non-existent.
Despite his impressive form since joining Nice in August, you would be hard pressed to find a Liverpool fan who will regret the above exchange.
Balotelli may have six goals for his new club already, but he left Anfield with only four to his name and there is no doubt that he has to go down as a significant waste of money after his arrival in 2014.
Since leaving Liverpool, Balotelli has been fairly critical of Jurgen Klopp too - insisting that the German didn't make a good impression on him "as a person" and that he didn't get along with him.
It certainly sounds like they had a frosty relationship during the brief time they were both in and around the Liverpool changing room.
Perhaps, then, it was for the best that Balotelli didn't agree to the idea of spending another temporary spell away from the club this year.
With Liverpool firing on all cylinders in the Premier League right now under Klopp, and the striker rediscovering his goal-scoring form at a club that wants him, it looks like things turned out for the best for everyone involved.
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