Jurgen Klopp is planning to hold talks with Mario Balotelli and his agent to discuss his place in the Liverpool squad, according to the Star on Sunday.
The controversial Italian seemed to have little or no future at Anfield after Brendan Rodgers sent him on a season-long loan to AC Milan last summer.
However, with the Northern Irishman now out and Klopp in charge, a number of fans and pundits alike have suggested Balotelli may get another chance to make his Anfield career a success.
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Some believe the German manager has the reputation, charisma and confidence to get the best out of the striker and it now seems Klopp is ready to give it a go.
The former Borussia Dortmund manager does not have the option to call him back from his loan in Serie A, so he won't be returning to fill in for the injured Danny Ings in January. But Klopp may reserve a place in the squad ahead of next season.
First, however, Klopp will talk with both the 25-year-old and his agent Mino Raiola to see if he has the required passion and drive to play under him on Merseyside next season.
Balotelli's biggest challenge will surely be his work rate. Hard work has been the signature of Klopp's Mainz and Dortmund teams, but the former Manchester City star has been lamented for his lack of application a number of times by a number of fans.
Klopp will only give the striker game time if he proves he can work for the team and not just for himself.
Only the 25-year-old can decide whether or not he wants to make the most of his incredible talent. For the moment, it seems Klopp may be willing to give him a chance to prove himself. However, he is unlikely to get more than one.
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