Agent criticises Klopp treatment of Liverpool flop, player could be set for England return
By Matt Farr
Agent Mino Raiola has criticised Jurgen Klopp for his handling of Mario Balotelli during his time at Liverpool and said the striker has been in talks about a sensational return to England.
The Italian striker was sparsely used by the German boss during a miserable two years at Anfield, and was pushed out the exit door by Klopp in the summer.
Balotelli was sold to Ligue 1 outfit Nice and has since re-discovered his goalscoring touch, netting 10 goals from just 13 appearances in all competitions.
His form in front of goal has fired Nice to the top of the French league, where they have lost just once, and are four points clear of second-placed AS Monaco.
His agent, Raiola, admitted to TalkSport he wasn’t surprised by Balotelli’s impact in France, and hit out at Klopp for not giving him enough of an opportunity to shine at Anfield.
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He said: “For Mario I always knew it [his return to form] will come. He was in his last year at Liverpool and he was very stable and not so emotional anymore.
“I still think it’s a shame that Klopp didn’t give him a fair chance, but Mario is proving to himself, more than to others, what he can do.”
He also said that Balotelli could be in line for a sensational return to England.
“We’ve already had talks with English clubs, but it’s really too early to say. We want to keep it day-by-day with Mario.”
The controversial Balotelli failed to make much of an impact at Liverpool, scoring just four goals from 28 appearances in all competitions, including only one Premier League goal from 16 games.
He spent the next season on loan at AC Milan, where he scored three goals in 23 appearances, at which point Liverpool boss Klopp decided it was best to cut their losses on the former Manchester City striker.
Klopp and Liverpool have not missed Balotelli, however, and have scored 41 Premier League goals this season in his absence, lifting them to second in the league.
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