The Italy international joined Anfield last summer for £16m but, much like Falcao, has struggled to hit the ground running.

The pair have managed just five Premier League goals in 35 outings between them.

And according to reports in Spain, the Reds are willing to cut their losses with the 24-year-old as they eye a move for Falcao - owned by AS Monaco.

Sampdoria have made it clear they want to bring the controversial forward back to Italy, having already had stints at Lumezzane, Inter and AC Milan.

But club president Massimo Ferrero insists he must be willing to slash his wages.

He said: "I would take him - he’d be the real Balotelli again here. He wouldn’t have too much pressure here in Genoa.