Balotelli's Anfield move a dream or disaster?

 Balotelli's Anfield move a dream or disaster?
Italy's forward Mario Balotelli (R) celebrates with Italy's midfielder Andrea Pirlo after scoring during a Group D football match between England and Italy at the Amazonia Arena in Manaus during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 14, 2014.

UNITED KINGDOM - Brendan Rodgers denied it on Aug 3. Mario Balotelli confirmed it on Thursday.

If nothing else, the impending £16 million ($33m) transfer of the controversial Italian forward to Liverpool is proof that you should never believe anything from anyone in football.

It is, of course, much more than that.

It's an unexpected variable in what is expected to be a four-way tussle for the title.

Balotelli (pictured) could make or break this team. That's why it's also a huge statement of faith in Rodgers from the Liverpool board.

John W Henry and his consortium have been cautious with the Northern Irishman, using a "transfer panel" of senior figures to suggest and analyse potential transfer targets.

A move for Balotelli would not have been a rushed decision.

They know how good he is as a player. They also know how volatile he is as a person.

And they believe that Rodgers can tame him. And why not?

After all, when Daniel Sturridge first arrived at Liverpool, there were serious doubts about his personality.

Rodgers, whose doubts had actually derailed an earlier bid for him, took a chance and it paid off.

Sturridge was England's first-choice centre forward at the last World Cup.

Luis Suarez is a more complicated matter.

While some would say that his bite in Brazil was proof that Rodgers had failed to change him, you might also argue that Suarez's prolific goalscoring record and Player of the Year Award were proof that he had at least harnessed him.

And a 300 per cent increase in transfer value over three years is hardly a failure.

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