For the romantic Liverpool fans believing Jurgen Klopp will perform some kind of miracle resurrection on Mario Balotelli’s Anfield career, think again.
The maverick forward was completely left out of the friendly squad that beat Tranmere on Friday evening, despite the fact he returned to pre-season with his colleagues and has acted ‘professionally’ at Melwood during the past week, according to Paul Joyce in the Express.
In the same report, Joyce writes that Balotelli isn’t keen on a switch to Fenerbahce who fancy him, and a potential move to Sampdoria is still up in the air. Both clubs would prefer to loan him, and as a sale is looking increasingly unlikely, Liverpool would accept a temporary deal as the striker’s contract runs out in a year.
If no side will loan Balotelli, Liverpool will look to seek an agreement with the player in which his contract is mutually terminated. With 12 months left on it, this shouldn’t be hard, although the Italian would seek a decent fee.
Considering he was signed two years ago for £16m to huge fanfare symbolises how his stock has fallen.
Sadly, he largely has himself to blame.