Liverpool spent heavily this summer, with manager Brendan Rodgers splashing the cash in order to bring Javi Manquillo, Dejan Lovren, Alberto Moreno, Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Lazar Markovic and Rickie Lambert, but with Luis Suarez heading to Barcelona, Rodgers needed to bring in another top class striker.
With money still left to spend, Rodgers decided to fork out £16m to bring AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli back to England. The former Manchester City forward was a controversial figure during his time at the Etihad Stadium before leaving in January 2013, but with new Milan boss Pippo Inzaghi looking to go in a different direction with his team, Balotelli was made available for transfer.
Balotelli was seen as the ideal replacement for Suarez, but so far, it hasn't been quite so perfect for the Italian. With just one goal - which came against Bulgarian side Ludogorets Razgrad in the Champions League - Balotelli has flattered to deceive to date, and Reds legend Jamie Carragher admitted that he isn't a fan of the new Liverpool striker.
"I think we’re waiting to see a lot more," Carragher said. "Whoever Liverpool buy, I hope they do great, but I can’t hide the way I feel about Mario Balotelli. When he was at Manchester City I wasn’t a fan, so I can’t now say I am a fan."
"He’s got to do a lot more in a Liverpool shirt from what I’ve seen until now in the four or five games that he’s played. He needs to sacrifice himself for the team."