Confirmed: Liverpool fringe player offered chance to revitalise his career by top-tier club
By Tom Blackburn
Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero has urged Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli to move to the Serie A outfit in a bid to revitalise his flagging career.
Liverpool are attempting to find a club for Balotelli but it has proved problematic with the Italian struggling in previous seasons.
Ferrero told Italian paper Corriere dello Sport: “Balotelli is Balotelli’s worst enemy.
“He could relaunch [his career] at a passionate club like ours, but he’s still a bit confused. I’ve tried to tell him to come to Samp because he’s a great talent.”
The former AC Milan forward joined the Reds in a £16million deal in August 2014.
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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.
The Italy international missed out on this summer’s European Championships after suffering another wayward season in front of goal, bagging just three goals and providing one assist in Serie A this season while on loan to AC Milan.
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 42 goals and notching seven assists in 93 appearance in all competitions in his three year spell with Manchester City.
In other Liverpool news, they have launched a move for a lifelong fan who has starred at Euro 2016.