Liverpool hero Dietmar Hamann has laid into Mario Balotelli, questioning the player’s attitude and work rate, and has suggested that Jurgen Klopp won’t be short-sighted enough to give him another chance.
The Italy international is currently back at AC Milan on a season-long loan deal after failing to make any sort of impact at Anfield after moving to Merseyside from the Rossoneri.
During his spell under Brendan Rodgers, ‘Balo’ netted just four goals and displayed a lack of application on the pitch, leading to widespread criticism from fans and pundits.
With Klopp demanding high pressing and energy from his teams, Balotelli appears far from suited to a role in the new-look Liverpool team, and Hamann, speaking to talkSPORT, suggested that the Kop chief won’t be interested in the 25-year-old should he return:
“There’s every chance Klopp will say, ‘come back to Liverpool and I’ll have a look at you, but if you do one thing you’re out the door or training with the kids’.
“I wouldn’t put that past him, but Jurgen Klopp is a clever man and he won’t waste his time with Balotelli.
“Many Manchester City fans are very fond of Balotelli because he did score goals there, but the guy is trouble.
“A lot of managers have tried with him but none have succeeded. Roberto Mancini [who has coached the striker at City and at Inter Milan] is like a stepdad to Balotelli, yet he still had a punch-up with him!”
Balotelli cost Liverpool £16m in the summer of 2014 and is reportedly on a salary of around £110,000-per-week.