But according to the The Mirror, Brendan Rodgers also has a back-up plan in case the deal hits a problem.
Reports suggest that Samuel Eto’o has already undergone a medical with the Merseyside outfit
The Cameroonian striker underwent the tests in Paris on Friday and is hoping to fly to Liverpool this weekend to put pen to paper.
However the 33-year-old former Chelsea and Inter Milan striker is only on stand-by and could be left disappointed if Balotelli does indeed sign.
The Italian remains the clubs’ top target when it comes to replacing Luis Suarez but Rodgers feels the need for a plan B because of Balotelli’s bad boy risks.
Both strikers could end up signing for the club but it is more than likely that just one of them will get the dream move to Liverpool.
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