This summer Liverpool decided to roll the dice on the talent of Mario Balotelli. The £16 million price-tag for the Italian international was deemed a bargain considering the performances he can produce, on his day.
But the fact that all three of his previous clubs had essentially given up on him it was clear that he was not your simple solution to a striking problem.
Inter Milan grew tired of his childish antics whilst AC were disappointed with his lack of perceived passion - while at Manchester City he was always at the centre of controversy.
He was of course not helped by Roberto Mancini. The Italian facilitated his bad behavioir by being a staunch defender of him in public, but would then break him down again when it all went belly-up. There are not many worse cases of player man-management in Premier League history than the way Mancini tried to get the best out of Balotelli.
But the pair were good friends during their time at City and have remained in close contact with the player since the pair both left The Etihad.
And he admits that this could be Balo's last chance to shine at a big club:
"Mario is a good guy, but he knows that this will probably be his last chance to prove what he is worth on the pitch. I sent him messages for his birthday and so in general, but only Balotelli can help Balotelli. He told me that he wants to score more in a Liverpool shirt."
Since his move Balotelli has lost his place in the Italian national team and as scored just the one goal for Liverpool - as fans initial concerns over the player begin to look founded.