Mario Balotelli is currently on-loan at Italian side AC Milan.

Three reasons Liverpool should sell Mario Balotelli

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Yes, he is still a Liverpool player, that is probably hard to believe, but Liverpool are in fact, still paying some of Mario Balotelli's wages. Now it's time to sell one of the Reds' worst signings of the modern era. 

The Italian striker has been playing his trade on-loan at AC Milan and yes you guessed it, he's been nothing but a failure there too. One league goal for the Italian side this season doesn't really add up to £90,000-a-week wages does it? 

Jurgen Klopp certainly won't want him back in his squad for next season and here's why. 


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To say he doesn't fit Liverpool's style is probably a polite way of saying, he doesn't really care. Whether it's been setting off fireworks in his home, throwing darts at youth players or struggling to put a bib on, Balotelli has probably put a smile on your face at some point. 

There's no doubt he's brilliant for the media, but for a manager he's a living nightmare. The most frustrating part about the Italian striker is that it looks like there might actually be some ability there. 

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His two goals which stunned Germany in Euro 2012 or his goal in the Manchester derby which prompted his 'why always me' t-shirt proved that. 

When it comes to consistency, however, Balotelli is more dedicated to purchasing fast cars and jewellery than he is to placing the ball in the back of the net. 

He basically reiterated those intentions this week as quoted by The Daily Mail, Balotelli said: "I want to stay at Milan. I do not want to return to Liverpool. I was never happy at Liverpool. Plus Milan have the money."

One league goal during his time at Liverpool tells you all you need to know. You thought by February when he finally made his mark in the Premier League for the Reds, he might celebrate, but of course, he is too cool for that. 

It got to the stage where it was so miserable for the Merseyside club and Balotelli, that midfielder Raheem Sterling was placed up front instead of him. 

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Liverpool have been known for quick, aggressive strikers down the years and if anyone can be the polar opposite of that style it's the former Manchester City striker. 

And quite simply, what Klopp doesn't want. He's already dropped Daniel Sturridge this season for not working hard enough to close down defenders and run in behind. That's a striker who's closing in on becoming Liverpool's third fastest player to reach 50 goals for the club, let alone four in 28 appearances. 

Balotelli is a player who likes the ball to his feet, or in simple terms: he's lazy. He's not going to bust a gut like Jamie Vardy to win a throw-in and lift the whole crowd, he'll ask for the ball and if it's not perfect he'll shrug his shoulders. 

If the former Inter Milan striker believes Klopp will be happy for him to perform like that then he's in for a huge shock. 


The last thing the Liverpool boss wants next season is a changing room who aren't willing to work and strive for every lost cause. 

Klopp has built his teams around being competitive regardless of whether the opposition has more quality. If they have better players then you are just going to have to run twice as hard. 

If one player isn't doing it, then that laziness becomes infectious. Why the signing of Balotelli by Rodgers in the summer of 2014, was so puzzling was because the northern Irish manager had built his philosophy around pressing aggressively. 

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He was running out of options at the time to sign a striker in fairness, but he couldn't have picked a worse choice to fit his style of play. Balotelli's lack of pressing meant others followed in his footsteps and before you know it, teams were passing the Reds off the park at Anfield. 

Not to mention the guy was earning £90,000-a-week and when Raheem Sterling was doing his job for him for a third of that salary, you can understand why the City winger left the club. 

Liverpool's remarkable comeback against Dortmund at Anfield proved Klopp has got a team that wants to die for their manager. No matter what the score is or how difficult the task seems to be, they will fight for their manager.

If Balotelli returned to the club and wasn't pulling his weight, players would question why he is earning more than them but working less. 

Klopp doesn't need that divide in his dressing room, he's worked all season trying to get his team and the fans, in his words, 'change from doubters to believers'. 


Up until the Chelsea game - Klopp's third game in charge of the Reds, Liverpool had been struggling for goals for over a year. 

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Last campaign the Merseyside club scored 52 goals, nearly half of what they had achieved the previous season in which they finished second. 

Now Klopp's side have scored the same amount as last year with six games to spare and are the Premier League's leading scorers in 2016. 

An extraordinary turnaround considering at the start of the season under Rodgers, the team was crying out for Sturridge to return and now he is second in the pecking order under the former Dortmund boss. 

Klopp decided during that Chelsea game he would start Roberto Firmino - the Brazilian was signed as an attacking midfielder but has played up front in the past at Hoffenheim. 

And it more than paid off, with the Reds scoring three at Stamford Bridge and four at the Etihad a couple of weeks later. 

The former Dortmund manager is now also getting the best out of Divock Origi too who scored home and away against Klopp's former club. This has left Sturridge as a backup, Christian Benteke nowhere to be seen and Danny Ings ready to join in the action next season. 

From going from desperate measures of signing Balotelli to having a vast range of options to choose from, Klopp doesn't need a centre forward anymore. So there's no reason to take a risk on Balotelli and a risk that never should have been taken by Rodgers in the first place. 

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