Liverpool should have signed Radamel Falcao as Luis Suarez’s summer replacement instead of Mario Balotelli, according to former Anfield star Dominic Matteo.
The Reds were linked with the Colombian ace during the last transfer window, with reports having suggested that an approach was made for the Monaco hit-man.
Yet the Reds instead moved for £16m Balotelli, leaving the path clear for Manchester United to steal the deadline day headlines with a loan move for Falcao.
Although the duo have the same total of goal tally since their respective moves to England, the Colombian has appeared to be far more successful in his new surroundings than ‘Super Mario’, who has largely looked out of place in the red shirt.
And Matteo believes that his former side made a mistake in nabbing Balotelli from AC Milan over Falcao:
“It’s difficult to replace Luis Suarez, but Brendan should have tried to replace his goals,” he told talkSPORT. “Liverpool should have tried to sign someone like Falcao. We had the money.
“Liverpool have not bought particularly well. People thought signing Mario Balotelli for £16m was a good buy, but he hasn’t produced [the goods]. Liverpool needed to get a player who was guaranteed to score 20 to 30 goals a season. That’s what they’re lacking at the moment.”