2 Sep 2016

Anfield Exit: 'Incredible' £72k-a-week attacker explains 'decision' to quit Liverpool; hints Klopp didn't trust him enough

On transfer deadline day, Liverpool managed to offload Mario Balotelli on a permanent transfer, and after his unveiling in Nice today, the much maligned striker explained why he decided to quit Anfield.

When asked today about his transfer to France, Balotelli - who is is reportedly on £72k-a-week in Nice - told reporters:

"It was a footballing decision. There were other teams, including first-rate ones. But I need to play. I spoke with the coach and he believes in me."

Balotelli further claimed:

"My career in football is very different from what keeps being written about me ever since I was 16. I don't think I am a risk".

If Balotelli is to have any chance of actually resurrecting his career then he'll need a coach who believes in him, but the idea that he's not a 'risk' arguably illustrated a measure of self-delusion.

Balotelli is undoubtedly talented, but his career has nosedived in the last few years, and it remains to be seen whether he can get back to the required level and contribute goals/assists on a regular basis.

It'll certainly be interesting to see how Balotelli fares in France. Most people (I'm sure) are waiting to see him to implode once again, but I personally hope he manages to resurrect his career.

* Jul 2016: Described as an 'incredible talent' by Crotone president Raffaele Vrenna.


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