When you allow a player to leave on a free transfer after you signed him for £16 million just two years ago, it says a lot about how successful his time at the club was.
We’re looking at you, Mario Balotelli.
The Reds signed the enigmatic striker in the summer of 2014 and it’s safe to say he didn’t even begin to repay the transfer fee.
You could see immediately that Balotelli simply didn’t belong in Brendan Rodgers’ side, and his one goal in 16 Premier League appearances represented that.
He spent the following season on-loan at AC Milan - but his fortunes didn’t change. In fact, his goal ratio in Italy was even worse with one goal in 20 Serie A appearances.
He returned to Merseyside this summer and Jurgen Klopp didn’t give the 26-year-old a chance to win him over by not selecting him in any pre-season friendlies.
The German was so desperate to get rid of him that he was willing to allow him to join French club Nice for free, despite his £75,000-per-week contract still having one year left.
However, it seems that the Reds are hoping that Balotelli somehow rekindles his career in France. That’s because, according to the Independent, they have included a 30% sell-on clause in the deal.
That means that if the Anfield club will receive 30% of the transfer fee if Nice sell Balotelli. It certainly is wishful thinking but if the Italian somehow rekindles his finest form and eventually leaves Nice for £30 million, Liverpool will get a cool £9 million.
Ok, let’s be realistic, Balotelli isn’t likely to command such a transfer fee in the future but at least Liverpool are set to recoup at least some of the £16 million they disastrously spent on him two years ago.
Raiola slammed Klopp
The Italian may have finally left the club but the departure is on the verge of turning sour. His agent, Mino Raiola, slammed Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp for his treatment of his client.
“I'm not trying to judge him as a coach - although, for me, he's not a good coach - but he didn't understand that Balotelli is, whatever else, a person,” the super-agent said.
"Mario has been exemplary. He never complained about training alone. To say that it was wrong of Klopp would be an understatement. He was a piece of s*** about it.”
Now that he’s left the club, though, the Liverpool hierarchy will just be hoping he can miraculously turn his career around and command a hefty fee in the coming years so that they can at least recover some of the money spent on him.