Mario Balotelli.

Mario Balotelli criticises both Brendan Rodgers and Jurgen Klopp in interview

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Mario Balotelli got his Nice career off to a perfect start on Sunday night, scoring two goals on his debut to help the Ligue 1 side to a 3-2 win over Marseille.

But, speaking before his first game for his new side, the controversial Italian couldn't help but take a dig at his former club, Liverpool. Or, more specifically, the managers he encountered during his time at Anfield.

The 26-year-old forward sat down with Olivier Dacourt and Canal+ and opened up about exactly what he thought about both Brendan Rodgers and Jurgen Klopp.

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The interview, which can be seen below, has since been translated and the comments relayed by the Liverpool Echo.

Here's what Balotelli had to say.

"I joined Liverpool. It was the worst mistake of my life. Apart from the fans, who were fantastic with me, I must be honest, and the players, who I had a good rapport with, I didn’t like the club.

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"I had two coaches, Brendan Rodgers and Jurgen Klopp. As people they didn’t make a good impression on me. I didn’t get along with them.

"...Zlatan (Ibrahimovic)is someone you can put against lions and he is calm, you put him next to relaxed people and he’s the same. I am not like him. I need to be relaxed and have good people around me.”

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A damning indictment of both of his managers at Liverpool, indeed. Rather than simply question Klopp and Rodgers' managerial ability, he went right for the jugular and questioned their very character as individuals away from football.

He may have claimed that he had a good rapport with the fans on Merseyside. However, after his public criticism of Klopp, Balotelli might have lost any support he did have on the Kop.

Whatever he thinks about his time at Liverpool, there is no doubt that Balotelli didn't do anything to convince either of his managers to keep him around the team.

After arriving for £16 million, the Italian managed only one Premier League goal and was loaned out to AC Milan last season.

Now at Nice, he will be desperate to kick-start his career. For that to happen, it looks like the management at the French side will have to put their arm around his shoulder in order to get the best out of him.


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