By Coral Barry
Sampdoria have reportedly made an offer to take Mario Balotelli away from Liverpool for good – and Reds fans have broken out in a collective hallelujah.
The Italian striker is not the most popular figure at Anfield after a dismal first season at Liverpool after just four goals in all competitions.
Balotelli was quickly shipped out to AC Milan on loan last season, but has returned to Liverpool after an equaling underwhelming campaign in Serie A.
Pictures of him training under Jurgen Klopp had Liverpool fans fearing the worst, mostly because it seemed no one on this earth wanted to sign him, but Sampdoria have now confirmed they want to acquire the maverick.
The consensus from the Liverpool world: praise Jesus.
YES! Balotelli being sold! Now how about you direct that generous "second-chance-giving" spirit towards the players who actually TRY.
— Ishan Welde (@IshanWeldeLFC) July 5, 2016
Nothing I would like to see more than Balotelli staying and hitting top form but there's more chance of Stevie Wonder finding Waldo
— Shaun McGrath (@ShaunGrath) July 5, 2016
Me hearing Sampdoria want Balotelli. pic.twitter.com/ZCawX9ofyT
— Mik (@MikLFC) July 5, 2016
Seems to be a lot of interest in Liverpool's deadwood! Hoping that Benteke and Balotelli leave though, they're the priorities! #LFC
— Callum Moore (@CallumMooreLFC) July 5, 2016
— christian lego (@LegoChristian) July 5, 2016
I have never wanted a player to leave Liverpool as much as I do balotelli
— Lewis Thomsett (@lewisthomsett) July 5, 2016
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) July 5, 2016
ANNOUNCE BALOTELLI! @sampdoria
— Spion Klopp (@Jay_78_) July 5, 2016
@MikLFC Bite their hand off for that amount. He needs to go, we're lucky we aren't giving them £6m to take him haha.
— Brad (@KeeperKarius) July 5, 2016
Liverpool and Balotelli are currently preparing for the club’s pre-season tour of American later this month and the striker could get a run out in Friday’s friendly with Tranmere.
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