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Mario Balotelli has failed to shine..

Jamie Carragher delivers brutal assessment of Mario Balotelli

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Mario Balotelli needs no reminder that he has failed to reach his once massive potential. Emerging from Inter Milan's academy like a bat out of hell, he was tipped to reach the very top of the game but has done anything but.

Having said that, he has had a fair amount of money spent on him over the years with Liverpool agreeing to pay £16million to sign him from AC Milan in 2014. After two turbulent seasons as a Reds player, however, his next transfer fee is set to be much, much lower.

Balotelli has scored just one Premier League goal since moving to Merseyside. He spent last season on loan at the San Siro but once again failed to shine. He is now available for transfer and is unlikely to play for Liverpool again.

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But one man appears to have known right from the start that Balotelli was doomed to fail at Anfield. Jamie Carragher, who is always ready to let his opinion be heard, was openly critical of the deal from the moment it happened.

Reacting to the announcement, he sarcastically tweeted: "Mario!!!!!!!! Worth every penny."

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Overrated

Appearing on Soccer AM ahead of the Premier League season, Carragher looked back on some of his best and most controversial tweets. His message about Balotelli was always going to come up.

Obviously justified, Carragher went full guns blazing on the Italian striker, claiming he "couldn't believe" his former club ever contemplated signing him and said he was "the most overrated player he has ever seen".

Ouch.

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Banter with Neville

There was also plenty of talk ahead of the first Monday Night Football of the season. Gary Neville is set to return after a failed six months as Valencia manager and Carragher had a good laugh when the news was announced.

Where is Balotelli going?

Liverpool have been trying to get Balotelli off the books all summer but have found clubs unwilling to match his £90,000-a-week wages. The situation is not helped by the fact that Jurgen Klopp is not willing to sell him on the cheap.

"Christian Benteke, Mario Balotelli, all the other strikers, they are really good; they don't miss anything in their chances," the German said.

"Having six strikers is a little bit too comfortable but it's still possible. If anybody thinks that because we have more than one striker, we make presents to other clubs, that's the biggest misunderstanding in world football. We will 100% not do this.

"We have to bring them all in the best shape. Until the 31 August I can change my mind if I want, each second. We will wait."

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