Tabloid Journalist claims Mario Balotelli’s future remains unclear after further talk of his potential exit…
Steve Bates of the Sunday People has claimed that Liverpool are ready to cut their losses on misfiring striker Mario Balotelli, and will sell him next summer if they can find a suitable buyer.
That could of course prove difficult, with the Reds looking to recoup a decent percentage of the £16m they paid AC Milan for the struggling Italian this summer.
Bates claims that the decision was taken by boss Brendan Rodgers even before the high-maintenance Italian was charged by the FA for posting an allegedly abusive or insulting image on social media.
However, the 24-year-old will be given another chance to salvage some professional respect when he is fit again. And with Daniel Sturridge still out through injury and Liverpool struggling for goals, Balotelli could yet have a vital role to play.
The report explains that while Rodgers cannot publicly wash his hands of the ex-Manchester City star as he may need him in the second half of the season. But privately, Liverpool are resigned to selling Balotelli next summer.
Rodgers’ most recent comments regarding the player were indeed full of support, as he explained why he had no regrets over the move. The Northern Irishman told reporters: “As a club we felt that was the solution at the time.
“After Luis Suarez had gone we had Rickie Lambert, and Fabio Borini was looking as though 100 per cent he was gone. Daniel Sturridge has shown that he gets injuries. So, to go with no one would have been very difficult for us.”