Mario Balotelli – what can really be said about this undoubtedly captivating character that hasn’t already been expressed a thousand times before?
Although the 25-year-old Italian international partially impressed during his notorious spell at Manchester City a handful of short seasons ago, the current Serie A front-man famously failed to cut it down at Anfield throughout the course of the 2014/15 campaign.
He subsequently went back out on loan to AC Milan once the Liverpool bosses finally grew tired of his clear lack of output in Reds colours, and arguably represented one of Brendan Rodgers’ worst buys on Merseyside.
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So then, now that Jurgen Klopp has eventually succeeded Rodgers in the Anfield dug-out in 2015/16, could Mario Balotelli be issued with a shock second chance to make it back at Liverpool in front of the ever demanding Reds faithful?
Well, although many Liverpool fans may indeed be deeply opposed to such a notion, maybe the fiery former Manchester City striker could still do a job down on Merseyside after all.
Whilst the Italian international certainly suffers with a fair amount of consistency issues to put it relatively lightly, Balotelli nonetheless possesses a promising amount of technical ability on his day – even if the Anfield faithful certainly failed to witness much of the forward’s overall quality throughout the course of last season.
When it comes to controlling the ball rather skilfully all across the park for his respective side, causing havoc for defences with the odd display of sheer technical excellence – and ultimately scoring simply sublime goals when the situation adequately allows – this is a player who could easily thrive in the English top-flight once again with everything fairly taken into account.
The former Etihad entertainer has suffered a range of testing injury concerns across the current season however, which has so far produced just one single Serie A goal for Mario Balotelli to look back upon thus far.
But when it comes to truly assessing the potential brought about by the 25-year-old front-man – Balotelli’s seeming lack of determination out on the field, questionable lack of movement inside the final third, and unmistakable ability to go missing when played as an isolated centre-forward – simply hamper the Italian’s chances of genuinely making it upon the European footballing scene.
Although the striker’s seeming ‘attitude problems’ have in-fact been overstated somewhat during his time in the English game, the player himself often looks as if he isn’t giving everything he has to offer for his respective side. At a club such as Liverpool – where a positive relationship with the Anfield faithful is almost a necessary requirement to make it on Merseyside – such an approach can’t be tolerated for long.
However, as Mario Balotelli wasn’t the only high profile player to fail to make the grade under Brendan Rodgers, perhaps the ex-Reds manager must also take his fair share of the blame for Liverpool’s lack of attacking impetuous throughout the previous campaign.
Jurgen Klopp arguably represents a managerial candidate far more capable of getting the best out of players such as Mario Balotelli, simply on the back of his positive demeanour and previous reputation in the German Bundesliga alone. The former Borussia Dortmund boss could very well help the on-loan striker achieve his full potential at Anfield next season, even if many Reds fans have already had their minds made up in regards to the inconsistent Italian.
Yet as Liverpool have already seemingly replaced the misfiring 25-year-old with Christian Benteke this term, and could easily source themselves a new striker with far more grit and determination about him over the course of the summer transfer window – it ultimately remains difficult to imagine the former Manchester City man ever being accepted back on Merseyside.
Although the current AC Milan striker possesses most of the technical tools necessary to make it in the English top-flight, it seems as if Liverpool and Mario Balotelli himself will probably never cross paths together out on the pitch again.