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Balotelli is yet to make a senior appearance for the Reds this season.

Marco Verratti confident Liverpool's Mario Balotelli can resurrect faltering career

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With Mario Balotelli's Liverpool career all but over, the Italian is urgently seeking his way out of Anfield before the transfer window slams shut next week.

It is yet another chapter in the 26-year-old's stuttering career, despite having been tipped to be one of the world's leading strikers, during his early career at Inter Milan.

However, much has changed since then. Despite winning the Premier League with Manchester City, the Italy international has yet to reach such heights again, and is surplus to requirements under Reds boss Jurgen Klopp.

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Balotelli's attitude has been questioned time and again, while Brendan Rodgers has previously admitted that the Italian wasn't his signing, despite being brought in during his tenure at the club.

Luckily for Balotelli, though, Lazio, Bologna and Chievo all reportedly want to bring their compatriot home, while Ligue 1 Nice are latest club to have been linked with the under-fire striker.

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But despite netting just four goals, since his £16 million move from AC Milan in 2014, Balotelli's former teammate Marco Verratti has tipped the striker to refind his form and admits the former City star is one of the best strikers he has ever played with.

“Balotelli is one of the greatest strikers I have ever played alongside,” said Verratti, as reported by Gazzetta World.

Physical attributes

“He has great physical attributes and rarely misses when in front of goal."

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However, the Italian duo haven't lined up together in the same team since the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, with Balotelli's lack of game time also hindering his international career. But the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder has backed the Liverpool outcast to rebuild his career.

Mindset

“His problem so far has been his mindset. I hope [a move to Nice] is his chance to change things. He’s a wonderful guy. In football we should think of the collective, not the individual. He is still young, he has plenty of time to change.”

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Balotelli has produced just seven goals in a total of 51 appearances over the past two seasons, which makes Verratti's claim seem bizarre, considering the 23-year-old has played alongside the likes of Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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