The signing of Mario Balotelli was one of the most peculiar episodes of the Brendan Rodgers era at Liverpool.
Rodgers had made it known he did not want to sign the Italian, before a late U-turn in the 2014 transfer window to sign the striker from AC Milan.
The transfer was not a success, with Balotelli scoring only one league goal, and just 14 months later Rodgers finds himself sacked, and the striker loaned back to his former club.
Liverpool are pushing ahead to bring in Jurgen Klopp as Rodgers' replacement, with talks ongoing between manager and club, report The BBC.
Balotelli has previously shown he is a fan of the German, cheering him on in the Champions League final back in 2013.
Klopp's Borussia Dortmund took on Bayern Munich at Wembley - unsuccessfully - and Balotelli took to Twitter to indicate his admiration for the manager.
KLOPP come on!— Mario Balotelli (@FinallyMario) May 25, 2013
Balotelli is a player who could stand to benefit from the appointment of a new manager, after his loan at the end of the current season.
Klopp could decide to give him a fresh start, and importantly as he is a figure Balotelli already has admiration for, half the battle may already be won in terms of motivating the striker.