Liverpool Could Sell Struggling Mario Balotelli In January If He Doesn’t Shape Up

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Balotelli has failed to adapt to life at Anfield.

Liverpool could cut their losses on striker Mario Balotelli as early as January, report the Express, after the Italian international put in another dreadful display during the midweek Champions League defeat to Real Madrid at Anfield and came under fire for swapping shirts with Pepe at half time as his side trailed the reigning champions 3-0 on home turf.

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Balotelli signed for Liverpool for £16 million from AC Milan this summer after manager Brendan Rodgers sounded out a replacement for Barcelona-bound striker Luis Suarez and decided to take a gamble on the maverick former Manchester City star, but he has failed to repay that faith, scoring his only goal for the club in a Champions League win over Bulgarian minnows Ludogorets Razgrad.

Fans were left outraged after his timid display during the weekend clash with Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road, frustrating his teammates with selfish play and also missing an open goal as he toiled upfront despite his side eventually limping to a dramatic 3-2 victory in West London.

Brendan Rodgers was once again forced to defend Balotelli in his pre-match press conference ahead of this weekend’s fixtures and, publicly, is keeping faith with his striker, but this Express report suggests that Liverpool are already preparing to sell Balotelli in January if his performances don’t reach a more acceptable level.

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