Liverpool are a team that seem to be on the up under Jurgen Klopp.
The enigmatic German has transformed matters at Anfield and whether you’re a Reds fan or not, it’s hard not to be impressed by the impact he’s had on the Premier League.
But one man who struggled to break into his side was Mario Balotelli, swiftly moved on to Nice by Klopp during the summer. But it seems the Italian is now picking up some form Ligue 1, begging the question – should Liverpool have allowed him to leave?
With that in mind, here’s THREE reasons why they might have been better off keeping hold of Super Mario…
Balotelli wholeheartedly divided the nation during his time at Anfield although there was little doubting his potential.
The 26-year-old was never favoured by Klopp. But if his recent form is anything to go by, he does have it in him to perform at the top level.
He’s bagged six goals in five games for Nice, including a 4-0 win over giants Monaco, and showing form to suggest Liverpool probably could have been a little more patient with his development.
If anything, Balotelli’s struggle to regain form after injury was the real reason behind his patchy spell at Anfield.
In his debut, a 3-0 win over Spurs, he linked up encouragingly with the likes of Daniel Sturridge but only after a major injury did he begin to struggle. His off-the-pitch controversies really didn’t aid his recovery but intrinsically, this injury was behind a lot of the problems that followed.
Had he returned to full fitness with more ease, things might have been different. Liverpool have kept the faith with Sturridge, after all.
People often assume that Liverpool legend Luis Suarez began his Reds career like a duck to water but in fact, even he struggled to settle in to begin with.
In his first 13 league games, Suarez hit the back of the net four times. Was he cast aside? Absolutely not -he was given that pressure-free time period most players need to settle in.
Balotelli never got that, but if he had the time to really find his feet, he could have kicked on. He’s featuring regularly Nice and it’s really paying off.