Klopp to hand Balotelli a Liverpool lifeline – Report

Date published: Saturday 9th January 2016 11:34

Mario Balotelli: Still in talks with Nice

Mario Balotelli: Still in talks with Nice

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is reported to have held talks with Mario Balotelli over an early return to Anfield, according to claims in Italy.

The maverick Italian striker is currently on a season-long loan at AC Milan from the Reds but could return to Anfield sooner than expected.

His agent claimed last week that Balotelli was “excited about a possible Liverpool future under the German’s guidance”.

And Tuttomercatoweb claims Klopp will try and add fresh life to Balotelli’s struggling career by giving him one last chance to impress on Merseyside by recalling him from his Milan loan sooner than expected.

Balotelli was frozen out of the Liverpool squad just six months after signing last season, having only bagged one Premier League goal.

And he has continued to struggle at Milan, scoring once but only starting two league games this season.

Klopp refused to discuss the issue of Balotelli earlier this week, but did refuse to criticise Liverpool over their decision to sanction a loan move for Lazar Markovic earlier this season.

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    James Marshment
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    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is reported to have held talks with Mario Balotelli over an early return to Anfield.

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    #782867
    Narthraal
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    Wouldnt it be better to actually have someone that is on the pitch?

    #782909
    Sanj1
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    I actually think this might be good news as Benteke & Mario could be a formidable strike partnership. One great with his head & the other with his feet

    #782948
    gabara
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    I might be wrong but I just can’t see both of them playing together. They are quite alike, both requiring services. They will need a partner who is nibble and full of running, a partner to help draw the defenders away and get on to their second ball.

    #782951
    St Etienne
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    At least we will have somewhere to sleep through the boring games with 2 statues up front. Our very own B&B!

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    NotoriousBingo
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    I would have preferred hanging onto Balotelli in the summer time and not to buy Benteke.

    I always thought that Benteke was just a more expensive plan b striker, perhaps sanj is right, maybe they could make a formidable partnership but I think their movement is too similar for that to happen, they both tend to drop deep, they do not work the channels.

    #782960
    Sanj1
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    Height guys & Klopp will have Balotelli running & Beneteke taking clever positions in & around the box. We have plenty of smaller runners in the team to accommodate those two linking up & causing defenders a headache. I’m excited about the prospect, added that a fit Sturridge may well add flavour to the strike mix

    #783014
    Hightown hope
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    You are having a laugh…I really do not want that waste of space back at Anfield. There was absolutely nothing good about his time at Anfield – he disrupted the kids with his attitude and the effort on the pitch was minimal. Stay away, Mario!

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    NotoriousBingo
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    when did he disrupt the kids?

    #783095
    Hightown hope
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    I know the uncle of one of the young lads, who incidentally played last night, and the stories go that being a single lad Mario used to invite the young lads to his house in Formby, and frankly fill their heads full of shit! The lad who played last night was certainly led astray, and it was only a serious kick up the arse from Brendan Rodgers and his family that got him back on track again. I realise it takes two to tango, but he is disruptive at all levels. Suddenly we’ll have the stupid Mario Press stories again, and it would just be a distraction to what Klopp hopes to do at Anfield. When and who was the last manager to get any kind of return out of Balotelli?

    #783179
    Sanj1
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    Mancini can thank him for his one premiership assist to Aguero for the Premiership title. Why did Mancini give him so many chances? Maybe he knows when his head is right he is a top player. Mario has it all to prove in a red shirt, that’s true, but it’s fair to say Joey Barton was a worse influence to have at any club but got chance after chance & has proved himself to be a decent human being & player. Cantona didn’t get hung out to dry. Suarez bit 3 players & is now a world champion. Players can redeem themselves. The ability is there. Why shouldn’t Klopp give him a final chance where others have failed? Perhaps he can understand Mario where others have failed. He is contracted to us for another season. Who knows what he might yet deliver in a red shirt

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    NotoriousBingo
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    I hope that uncle isn´t the snitch that was leaking out the team…

    #783245

    kopite
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    Sanji: You’re having a laugh comparing Balotelli with the like of Cantona and Suarez. The only thing he has in common with them is that they are all combustible characters. Suarez and Cantona could always do it on the pitch thus easily forgiven for their misdeeds by the fans which is something Balo has yet to do.

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    Hightown hope
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    Notorious – no, he wasn’t.

    #783287
    Sanj1
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    …has yet to do…

    #783290

    Songman
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    Hightown, give me a break, do you honesty thnk Balotelli could seriously disrupt numerous professional youth players who are focused on succeeding for Liverpool???

    Balotelli may be an average player with a bad attitude, but that is stretching a story too far.

    So how exactly did he “disrupt” these players?

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    Hightown hope
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    Songman – Yes, I do. A guy with the flash cars, the flash gadgets, the flash jewellery and 4 or 5 years older than the others against young impressionable kids – of course I think there is potential for disruption.

    #783329

    Freebilly
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    Bingo, I don’t understand your admiration for balotelli. Can you tell us what attributes do you think he has that would contribute to LFC?

    #783350

    Songman
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    Hightown, of course young players will be impressed by these flash trappings, but how does that distract them from focusing on their careers?

    At the end of the day a player only gets selected if he performs, and I do not see how Balotelli could change this by showing them his wealth.

    As far as I know these players are at Liverpool to succeed, and if their standards slip, in such a competitive environment, they will be thrown out quickly, I am sure they are fully aware of this

    #783503
    redrob
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    If it happens I really want to know whether Jurgen can get something out of him as that would indicate BR to be the problem previously.
    Don’t think Jurgen would take any nonsense.
    At the moment we need someone to fill the Ings hole and this is probably a better option than signing another striker which would mean one too many next season.
    A big change would have to be the work JK demands from players. I wonder how long Mario would take to tear a hamstring?

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