"Brendan Rodgers must be a real glutton for punishment," said Sky Sports pundit Jeff Stelling when commenting on the prospective transfer of AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli from the Serie A side to Liverpool.
The Reds had only ratified the £65 million sale of Luis Suarez earlier in the summer, but the implication is that Rodgers may have swapped one problem player for another, as despite Balotelli's obvious prowess in front of goal, but is often regarded to be "unmanageable" due to his difficult personality.
"Luis Suarez out, Mario Balotelli eventually in. Frying pan and fire are words that come to mind," offered Stelling. "I haven't missed Balotelli one jot, seriously. I'm not the greatest Balotelli fan.
"On his day he can be terrific but that day doesn't come round often enough. He's had so many issues off the field - he's in the papers more often than David Cameron - and in fairness to him, it has sometimes been for the right reasons but too many times for the wrong ones and I remain to be convinced that he's going to be a big asset to the Premier League."
Stelling also argued that, instead of bringing in eight or nine new players [Adam Lallana – £25m, Lazar Markovic - £20m, Dejan Lovren - £20m, Divock Origi - £10m, Emre Can - £10m, Rickie Lambert - £4m, Alberto Moreno - £12m and Javi Manquillo – loan], the Suarez money would have been better spent on two to three players of genuine high quality.
"It's a jigsaw at Liverpool at the moment and maybe there are too many pieces at present to make the picture that Liverpool fans would hope."