The 2014/15 campaign has delivered more yellow cards – seven – than it has goals – four – for enigmatic Liverpool frontman Mario Balotelli.
The Reds will, however, take in at least nine more fixtures before the end of the season – possibly 11 if their FA Cup run goes to plan – so all is not lost for the mercurial Italian.
Balotelli may yet have an important role to play for Brendan Rodgers, as he chases down major domestic silverware along with a top-four finish in the Premier League and a return to European football’s top table.
Were the 24-year-old former Manchester City and AC Milan striker to deliver at the business end of the campaign, a testing tale back in England would provide a happy ending for all concerned.
As he endeavours to write that final chapter, Balotelli will be sporting some fancy new footwear.
PUMA have revealed their latest limited edition football boot evoACCURACY. Being a part of the evoPOWER family, the new special edition boot is engineered to maximise precision and accuracy when shooting and passing the ball.
A pretty tasty piece of kit, I think you will agree, and one which will be worn exclusively in the professional ranks by Balotelli.
If you fancy getting your hands on a pair, you will need to part with 200 of your hard-earned pounds – but these aren’t just any old boots.
Puma have engineered a cleaner kicking surface, which enhances player accuracy – good news for Balotelli, bad news for opposition goalkeepers – while the lightweight design is intended to help better mimic barefoot kicking – allowing for greater control.
These could be the boots that help to fire Liverpool to Wembley and back into the Champions League, and they may be seen for the first time in competitive action at Emirates Stadium on Saturday – with Balotelli omitted from the Italy squad due to line up against England later this evening.