Will Liverpool's Mario Balotelli Experiment Fail?
So, Liverpool decides to get rid of Luis Suarez, and in turn, replace him with Milan striker Mario Balotelli? That's certainly an intriguing transition, to say the least.
The addition of Balotelli will certainly help Liverpool in trying to make up for Suarez's absence in the goal-scoring department, but is the former Milan star too big of a risk?
Keep in mind that this is the same guy that, just a month ago, posted an Instagram picture of himself with a gun pointed at his haters. Stupidity like that doesn't happen every day.
And then there's his play on the pitch. When he's interested in being there, Balotelli can undoubtedly be one of the top strikers in the world. But when he's not? There's no reason for him to even be anywhere close to the pitch.
At only 24 years of age, there's still a lot of growing up for Balotelli to do. And if Brendan Rodgers' side is to be successful, that process has to begin right now.
Liverpool can't afford to wait on this guy to mature. The team is going to continue to struggle to score goals unless he can make a difference.
But how do we even know what to expect from Balotelli on a weekly basis? One week he may be the best player on the pitch, and the next week he may pull another Instagram stunt and be banned from Anfield.
Rodgers said the following statement in a recent press conference:
"It is a calculated risk but one where we believe we can help him as a player and to mature as a young man."
Risk is certainly the right word to use in this situation. Balotelli is one of the biggest risks in the entire sport right now. However, will the risk be bigger than the reward?
Only Balotelli can determine that, and that's why there should be plenty of cause for concern going forward for Rodgers and Liverpool.