Liverpool haven’t signed anybody on transfer deadline day but their fans are still celebrating on Twitter.
The reason why? Mario Balotelli has finally left the club.
The colourful striker has joined French side Nice on a free transfer, bringing to an end his miserable two years as a Liverpool player.
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Such was Jurgen Klopp’s desire to see Balotelli leave his club that when Nice offered to sign the player on loan, Liverpool pushed for them to make it a permanent deal.
That’s according to the Liverpool Echo, who add that Liverpool were genuinely afraid that they would have to put up with the Italian, who earned £90,000-a-week at Anfield, for another year.
Klopp made it clear to Balotelli at the start of summer that he had no future at the club, but it has taken until deadline day for Liverpool to find a club willing to sign him. He had been linked with a move to Turkish side Besiktas but has landed in Nice.
The 26-year-old won’t be missed on Merseyside - he scored four goals in 28 appearances in his first season before spending the 2015-16 campaign on loan at AC Milan. And while Liverpool fans are rejoicing on Twitter, club legend Jamie Carragher has gone a different way about bidding Balotelli farewell.
Though signing a player on a free is never a bad thing, Carragher reckons Nice will live to regret ever bringing Balotelli on board.
Second shot this month
This isn’t the first time Carragher has taken a shot at the former Manchester City striker. In fact, he’s already taken a shot at him once this month.
The former Liverpool defender labelled Balotelli “one of the most overrated players” he’s ever seen. And in a career spanning nearly two decades, he’s seen plenty.
“I couldn’t believe Liverpool signed him, to be honest,” Carragher said, per the Liverpool Echo.
“With every signing, you’re never quite sure. You hope it goes well, you hope it goes wrong for certain other clubs when they sign someone.
“But Mario Balotelli, I couldn’t believe we signed him. He’s one of the most overrated players I’ve seen in my life.”