Merseyside has certainly not been a happy hunting ground for controversial Italian, Mario Balotelli. The striker joined from AC Milan in 2014 in a £16m move but has seen his career stagnate horrifically in England.
The forward, who claims a £90,000-per-week wage, can lay claim to finding the back of the net only once during his time at Anfield in the Premier League, culminating in a disastrous spell in his young career.
However, it appears things may have got even worse for the 25-year-old according to his Instagram account. The fiery forward uploaded a picture of himself training with the Liverpool reserves as he searches for a new footballing home.
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The picture shows Balotelli surrounded by the promising youth at the club with a caption underneath saying: “Still working hard with reserve team. Top quality session today with top players. #respect”.
A humble gesture from the Italian striker, yet the situation is a sad damnation of a career with so much potential that is slowly getting worse with every passing year.
Balotelli spent last season back on loan with AC Milan, but once again failed to deliver for the Italian giants, scoring just three goals in 23 appearances upon his return to the San Siro.
Jurgen Klopp has made it very clear that the hot-headed striker will not feature in his plans for the upcoming season, hence the reason to banish him to the reserves, and the German has omitted him from Liverpool's squad for their American pre-season tour.
Coincidentally, the Reds come up against Balotelli's former employers AC Milan in Santa Clara, before facing Barcelona and Roma at other venues. Liverpool will then conclude their pre-season with a warm-up friendly against Klopp's former side Mainz on August 7.
However, Balotelli will not be part of the American adventure and will instead be showing off his skills to the reserves whilst simultaneously searching for an exit door out of Anfield.
His former club Inter Milan are said to have shown interest in the Italian, however, given his recent track record and poor form, it is unlikely a top side will take a chance on one of the games serial underachievers.
A sad footballing story has yet another chapter and now Balotelli will have to work twice as hard to rebuild a reputation which has been tarnished once more with a trip to the reserves.