By Alex Taylor

Liverpool legend Steve Nicol believes that Mario Balotelli should quit Anfield after a string of bad performances and behavioural issues and play in the Chinese Super League.

The former AC Milan forward joined the Reds in a £16million deal in August 2014.

Since his arrival at the club the 25-year-old has failed to live up to expectations, scoring just four goals in 28 appearances at the Merseyside outfit after being brought in to replace the departing Luis Suarez.

There’s no way he has [the desire] in him any more,” Nicol told ESPN: “To get to where he was at City, scoring one every two games, he obviously had desire, the discipline, to go with the talent.

“Without those first two [qualities], the talent is just not enough. He clearly since then has totally lost all that desire and all that discipline… The sooner he goes to the Chinese league, the better for everybody.”

The Italy international missed out on Euro 2016 after suffering another wayward season in front of goal, bagging just three goals across all competitions and providing one assist in Serie A this season while on loan to AC Milan.

Balotelli has already stated that despite his poor form he believes he can still win the Balon d’Or.

The former Inter Milan goal-scorer has returned to Melwood to train under Jugen Klopp ahead of the new Premier League season but is now behind Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi in the pecking order, as well as Danny Ings and Christian Benteke.

The maverick centre-forward has enjoyed good spells in the Premier League before though, scoring 20 goals for Manchester City.

In other Liverpool transfer news, Jurgen Klopp has accepted a £13million offer from Stoke for midfielder Joe Allen.