3 Mar 2016

Anfield Update: Legend blasts 'reckless' decision to sign £45m Liverpool star. Klopp to sell or keep?

Last month, Milan boss Sinisa Mihajlovic publicly blasted on-loan Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli for failing to 'sacrifice' himself for the team, and Balotelli's approval rating continues to plummet, especially amongst the Rossoneri's ex-players.

In early February, The Independent, claimed:

"Liverpool do not expect AC Milan to sign Mario Balotelli on a permanent basis. Milan are growing tired of Balotelli...and are unlikely to extend his stay".

When asked about Balotelli this week, Milan legend Dejan Savicevic scathed:

"I do not know why Milan decided to take him [Balotelli]. They thought they could change him, but I would expect Milan not to make such a reckless bet. I struggle to understand".

I'm sure there are many Liverpool fans who held exactly the same view when Brendan Rodgers signed Balotelli in 2014.

I've defended Balotelli in the past, and maintain that view that Rodgers failed to utilise him in the right manner (i.e. constantly playing him as a lone striker).

However, Balotelli - who, according to his deluded agent, is worth £45m - is (or should be) finished at Liverpool, and after his latest failure at Milan, his career is probably on an irreversible downward spiral.

Balotelli has two-and-a-half years remaining on his current contract, and there's surely no way Liverpool will recover his £16m transfer fee. So, what's the solution?

As John Lennon once said:

"I'm an artist, and if you give me a tuba, I'll bring you something out of it".

Klopp may be a proven, top-class manager, who's revered for his man-management skills, but when it comes to Balotelli (and Benteke), he's no John Lennon.

Author: Jaimie K


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