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Mario Balotelli: The Liverpool Gamble That Will Cost Club Top Four Finish Unless They Sell Italian In January

Anfield side must sell Italian international before it’s too late.

When Liverpool opted to stump up the £16m to bring in Mario Balotelli in late August there would have been a fair few who would have branded such a move a gamble and so it has proven.

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Some may have predicted that he would provide a disruptive influence on the Liverpool dressing room whilst others would doubt his ability to score frequently on his return to the Premier League. It appears both fears have been realised.

Having signed Balotelli Rodgers has hitherto stood by the former Man City man but must now surely drop the misfiring forward and then look to find a buyer in January before things get much worse.

It would be unfair to use the new signing as a scapegoat for Liverpool’s failings this term but the simple truth is that not only has Balotelli failed to find the back of the net he has also consistently failed to show any heart of character.

Indeed during most of his run-outs he has invariably given the impression of a player who doesn’t appear to really be all that keen to make that extra effort. More often than not after an initial burst of effort the Liverpool striker has flounced about and looked to blame team-mates for the lack of service rather than looking to get involved in an effort to make things happen.

Nine Premier League appearances without a goal tells it’s own story and there are no signs that Balotelli is going to improve, if anything he’s getting worse, and if any side comes along in January ready to offer more than half what the Merseyside club paid then they should take the money and run.

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