Mario Balotelli will reportedly never play for Liverpool again, as Reds manager Jurgen Klopp is said to have no interest in reintegrating the forward into his squad.
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Balotelli’s Liverpool Career Reportedly Over
Friday, Feb. 19
Former manager Brendan Rodgers sent the Italian out on loan to AC Milan this season, and it seems as though Balotelli's chances of playing regular football at Anfield are no better under the German, with James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo reporting that his career on Merseyside is finished:
A lucrative move to the Chinese Super League is a serious possibility for Balotelli with clubs in the Far East having already enquired about securing a deal for the 25-year-old. There has also been interest from Turkey with Liverpool hopeful of recouping most of the £16million they paid Milan for his signature in August 2014.
Pearce added that Klopp is “not interested in taking on a striker who is ill suited to the kind of high-intensity football the Reds boss is looking to install.”
Andy Hunter of the Guardian also claimed Balotelli’s agent, Mino Raiola, is already seeking out clubs in China and Turkey regarding a possible move next season.
While Balotelli scored just one Premier League goal in his first season at Liverpool and has been injured for much of his loan term with the Rossoneri, a fine player is in there somewhere. But with his Liverpool career set to end in the summer, the Italian will face a fourth sale from an elite European club, having already been moved on by Inter Milan, Manchester City and AC Milan.
The future once looked bright for the unique footballer, but it seems inevitable that he will fall short of the standards many expected him to reach.