Italian international striker Mario Balotelli has been linked with a move back to Italy, with Serie A side Sampdoria interested in loaning the former AC Milan player.
Reports in the Sunday Express claim that Balotelli could be the subject of season-long loan, as Liverpool seek to make room for new players.
Balotelli has endured a disappointing time on Merseyside following his summer transfer from Milan, scoring just 4 goasl in all competitions this season.
His attitude, work rate and seeming lack of enthusiasm for playing for the club this season has seen Balotelli fall foul of the Liverpool supporters, who appear to have grown tired of the cotroversial Italian.
Balotelli's first stint in England with Manchester City was far more effectual, following a transfer from Inter Milan he helped City to FA Cup and their first Premier League title, and his indiscretions were often overlooked by City due to his on-pitch performance.
However his second appearance on these shores has been far less fruitful and a return to Italy now looks on the cards as Balotelli seeks another career re-build at the age of just 24.
The Sunday Express also reports that despite Sampdoria's keeness to secure the loan, Liverpool are likely to subsidise the player's wages, rumoured to be £110,000-a-week, during the loan.
Liverpool this week have signed forward Danny Ings from Burnley, to add to Daniel Sturidge, Raheem Sterling and Fabio Borini in their forward line, and Balotelli may find first team opportunities hard to come by nest season.