Liverpool have acquired this generation's Roberto Baggio in the form of Mario Balotelli, writes Alex Mascitti, a magician on the ball and one of Europe's strongest strikers.
As editor of Italian Football Daily, Mascitti has studied the Italian international for the last five years and here are his 10 reasons why Reds fans should be excited about Mario's arrival...
There are not many players who can change the game in a matter of seconds like Balotelli can. He has the vision of a deep-lying playmaker, and the strike of a cobra. He's turned 'nothing into something' many times during his career.
It's often been said Balotelli 'bleeds blue' when he dons the Italian national kit. When the game is on the line and the team needs a goal, there is not another player that I'd want on my team besides Super Mario.
The game that sticks out for me is the semi-final against Germany in Euro 2012, when he fired home two thunderous goals to advance the Italians to the final. It was that performance that created an aura over Balotelli. His ability to raise his game without warning will certainly have defenders on edge for the full 90 minutes.
The most important task of any striker is something the Palermo-born attacker has in abundance. He is coming off his most prolific season at AC Milan and still has plenty to give in the Barclays Premier League.
5. His return
The former Manchester City No.45 no longer has the pressure that he had in Italy as the national team's talisman. Instead, Mario is returning to England looking to build on the legacy he left at Manchester City.
6. Champions League experience
Balotelli boasts more experience than most on his CV, including finals, trophies and invaluable Champions League experience. He has played in Europe's most coveted club event with three different teams, experience that will no doubt help LFC as the club makes its long-awaited return to the big stage.
It's easy to dwell solely on his abilities with the ball, but Mario brings much more to the table. The way he conducts himself on the pitch is in an 'all or nothing' manner - the only thing on Balotelli's mind is getting the ball in the back of the net.
If it were not for the Italy maestro Andrea Pirlo, Balotelli would be the Azzurri's undisputed free-kick specialist. Whether attacking a corner or blasting a shot from 30 yards into the back of the net, few defenders will relish seeing Mario in the box when Liverpool have a set-piece situation.
9. Attacking threat
LFC have put together one of the most complete and clinical attacking line-ups in the world. Balotelli can create chances with the simplest of flicks or touches - something that both Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge can benefit from as the Reds prepare to challenge for honours on four fronts this season.
Mario finds himself going into a squad that is solid, stable and already established, an aspect that he lacked at AC Milan with the club's steady decline prior to his arrival. Liverpool have all the tools to unlock Balotelli's full potential - which could happen sooner rather than later.