Opinion: Liverpool’s best chance of getting rid of Mario Balotelli is today…

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How do Liverpool solve a problem like Mario Balotelli? Sell him today.

The Reds are desperate to offload the Italian striker this summer – Jurgen Klopp has made it clear that there will be no second chance for him at Anfield, according to BBC Sport.

The 25-year-old joined Liverpool from AC Milan in 2014, but, after only one Premier League goal, spent last season on loan back at the Rossoneri, who have so far opted against signing him permanently.

After a return of three goals in 23 games in his second spell at the San Siro, it seems that Milan have finally lost patience with Balotelli. It may be that the whole of European football has.

And therefore it could be that Liverpool’s best chance of getting Balotelli off their books is outside of the continent, and to the incredibly lucrative realms of the Chinese Premier League.

Liverpool’s problem is that they have only the rest of the day to try to fix Balotelli up with a Chinese Premier League club, because the transfer window over there closes on Friday.

And indeed Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera says that a deal could still happen before the deadline. Liverpool paid £16m for Balotelli – fee reported by The Express – but won’t be fussy over the price.

Clubs in the Far East may be more accepting of Balotelli’s sketchy disciplinary past while they are raking in cash for shirt sales. A wasted talent or not, he remains one of football’s biggest attractions.

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