With no Champions League qualification following a summer of heavy investment, the chances of Liverpool attracting a much-needed world-class striker this summer are slim.
For a successful 2015/16 then, the Reds’ need for Mario Balotelli to deliver will never be higher.
Given the torrid time the Italian has endured during his maiden campaign at Anfield, such a statement is sure to spark widespread panic amongst all non-Everton and Tranmere-supporting Merseysiders, but fear not Kopites, for the news.bwin.com team are here to allay your fears.
You see Balotelli is something of a phenomenon when compared to his compadres in professional football’s strikers’ union through his apparent immunity to the dreaded ‘second-season syndrome’ that has thwarted plenty of forwards in the past.
In fact, the 24-year-old actually tends to fare better in the sophomore season he spends at a team, as opposed to seeing the goals dry up.
After scoring one Premier League goal in his debut campaign at Liverpool, it would take a special effort for Balotelli to register a lower total next term, but his substandard efforts this time around have presented punters with a fantastic money-spinning opportunity for 2015/16.
Should the Palermo-native score more than 6.5 league goals next term, bwin will pay punters to the tune of 17/20 with the same rate saying he’ll notch fewer.
Such a low line is one Super Mario will surpass with ease if his exploits at previous clubs are anything to go by.
His debut season in Serie A saw him make 11 Inter appearances and register three goals.
By the time the following campaign concluded he’d doubled his outings count and notched eight times, figures that were improved upon again in his third year with the Nerazzurri before moving to Manchester City.
Six goals were all he mustered in his first stab at the Premier League, before hitting 13 in 23 a season on.
In January of the following year he signed for Milan, helping himself to 12 goals in 13, before firing 14 in 30 during his first full campaign with the San Siro club ahead of a move to Liverpool.
While his goals-per-game ratio almost halved during the second season of his Rossoneri stint, he still managed to cross the 6.5 line we’re contemplating here, as he did in each of his second terms with fellow former employers, lacing our mooted overs wager with value.