Marko Livaja is a young player full of talent. Despite that, his behaviour outside the field has been decisive for his national team football omission and could soon also be in the club.
The 20-year-old was substituted in a match against Verona a week ago, which the visitors won 1-0. He was replaced in the beginning of the second half, followed by an outcry of fans.
Shortly thereafter, an insulting message for Atalanta supporters appeared on the Croatian's Facebook profile. The striker apologised just a few hours later, deleting his previous message. However, the fans obviously haven't accepted his apology because of the insulting inscription shown in a Sunday match versus Genoa.
To make it easier to read for Livaja, fans have written "Sranje covjek" which basically means s****y man on Croatian. Undoubtedly, they want him out of the club as soon as possible. The ex-Inter player is likely to be sold by Atalanta, in order to please supporters.
This isn't the first time Livaja has caused problems. In August 2013, he was called up by the current Croatia manager Niko Kovac while he was still coaching the Under-21 team. He refused to answer an invitation for a match against Liechtenstein.
In February 2014, the Croatian youngster refused to warm up before the match against Udinese. As he was suspended from the club for a week, Livaja also couldn't participate in a match for Croatia U21s - that should've been his comeback to the national side.
Enormous talent and this kind of attitude don't get along and he will have to improve his behaviour, especially off the field. Apologies simply won't be enough.
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