SUPER MARIO in red
Liverpool have done it! WE’VE FINALLY FOUND A REPLACEMENT FOR SUAREZ. Mario Balotelli.
This idea had been thrown around with many other rumours before but I think the time was not right to buy this player in earlier transfer windows. January 2014 was a time when many reds had believed this transfer to be happening but it didn’t turn out as expected. He was still fairly happy in Italy back then and his contract wasn’t about to expire at that time so he was just going to wait it out some more and keep playing in the Serie A for AC Milan.
Had Liverpool bid any earlier on this player, the fans may not have been as excited or happy about his transfer – mostly due to the World Cup this year. He could well have been booed as he arrived in Liverpool due to the pain caused by what happened this summer. Mostly by Liverpool fans who were born in Liverpool (or at least England).
Mario Balotelli was one of the key players to blame for England’s not qualifying for the last 16 in Brazil. He scored in the England V Italy game and along with Luis Suarez (when Uruguay played England), became one of the most hated players for England fans who REALLY wanted their country to qualify to the knockout round. As it turned out, Italy did not qualify either with Uruguay and Costa Rica both taking the 1st and 2nd qualification spots in Group D. Balotelli would have felt the same pain the England squad and fans felt too. There’s really no need to hate him for all that. It’s done and we’ve moved on.
WE’RE OVER THAT NOW. I will give Balotelli a warm welcome. I’ll probably be referring to him as “Super Mario” from now on, a nickname I think most Liverpool fans will enjoy using to describe out newest signing.
The transfer details were fairly straight forward and truthful (there was no false rumours about how much we’d have to pay… nobody ever said Balotelli would cost Liverpool £50M or anything). From the moment the transfer was first heard about, the price tag of £16M was mentioned and that’s what AC Milan will have received from Liverpool FC by now and the player has only got to fly out to Merseyside to complete his medical but the deal is all but done.
That’s just a formality, he’ll be announced as a Liverpool player within 24 hours and may even be in the starting line up for Liverpool’s game on 25th August against one of Balotelli’s former clubs – Manchester City. As for his wages, he’s reported to have agreed personal terms and will earn £90,000 per week at Liverpool. Not too much to ask for – I had heard Radamel Falcao’s expected weekly wage would be £200,000 per week, which is far too much to be asking for (and one of the reasons we most likely will not be signing Falcao).
According to the Liverpool official club store, Balotelli already mentioned that he would like number 45 and the Liverpool club stores are already selling “Balotelli 45” jerseys to reds fans who are obviously so very excited about his signing that they want his name on their back already.
This is going to be a great opportunity for Liverpool to show that we will be up there with all the rest of the teams who want to challenge for the FA Cup, the League Cup, the Premier League, even the Champions League. Our new player will be ready for any competition. He’s a strong addition to the squad and you can expect him to be competing with the rest of the Liverpool team for the title of “leading goal scorer” by the end of the season. Balotelli has been known to be shown a red card occasionally but I am confident that Brendan Rodgers can get the best out this player, he’s going to have the full support of the staff at Liverpool now.
What does it take for him to make it as a Kop Hero? Well, scoring in any of the competitions we play in would be a good start. Then when we play Man City, Man United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Everton and even Tottenham the Liverpool fans will ADORE HIM if he scores for us, especially if it’s a winning goal that gets us a glorious victory against a rival. That’s how many other Liverpool players have become Kop Heroes. Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen, Fernando Torres, Luis Suarez and more… they all scored in games against our biggest rivals. Reds fans will love Balotelli like no other if he can do this for us. The tears will roll down our faces as we cry with joy and chant his name at Anfield, trust me. I’ve been one of those crying fans before. We’re ready to love you, Super Mario. It’s all up to you and how well you can perform now. Show us what you can do!
What more can be said?
WELCOME TO LIVERPOOL, MARIO BALOTELLI. YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE.
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so i was born into being a red.
I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.
I’m a die hard Liverpool fan (only supported ONE club in my whole life, Liverpool) and one of the most dedicated fans you’ll ever meet.