Sampdoria president admits interest in Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli


The Italy international has had a forgettable first campaign at Anfield, with the Genoa-based outfit offering him a way out.

Liverpool have suffered a post-Luis Suarez lull this season, with Brendan Rodgers’ men not the same dangerous attacking side in the final third following the Uruguayan’s departure.

With Daniel Sturridge sidelined for the majority of the campaign, Mario Balotelli has not delivered as one of the men signed to replace Suarez.

The tempestuous Italian forward’s future is a point of contention, with Brendan Rodgers admitting recently that the Merseyside club lack a clinical striker to consistently be available and score goals.

Despite Balotelli’s questionable track record and reputation, Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero has admitted that he would sign the striker up without thinking.

He also stated that a partnership between Balotelli and former Everton man Samuel Eto’o would be something he would love to see.

“He is a big name and could definitely help a lot of teams,” Ferrero told Radio Kiss Kiss.

“I’d take him to Sampdoria right away. An Eto’o-Balotelli partnership would be fantastic.”

Balotelli has had issues wherever he has played his football, with a number of clubs opting to get rid of him due to issues over discipline and attitude.

These undesirable traits could well be overlooked if the centre forward was playing well and scoring on a regular basis, but Balotelli has not been at his best for Liverpool.

Only one solitary Premier League goal this season is an underwhelming return from the 24-year-old, who has had to make do with only ten league starts in 2014-15.

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