Liverpool new boys and Balotelli set for Melwood return

Date published: Friday 1st July 2016 11:10

Mario Balotelli: Still looking for another club

Mario Balotelli: Still looking for another club

Joel Matip has officially been registered as a Liverpool player after agreeing a free-transfer switch from Schalke in February.

The centre-back will report for pre-season at Melwood on Saturday as Jurgen Klopp begins his preparations for the 2016/17 season.

Mario Balotelli will also be back with the rest of the squad after failing to secure a move elsewhere. His agent Mino Raiola has been trying to secure a move away from Anfield over the last few months but so far he has drawn a blank.

The 25-year-old, who spent last season on loan with AC Milan, was believed to be interesting Besiktas, but a move failed to materialise, while a move to China, which was widely touted, has also not come to fruition.

Balotelli, who was joined the Reds in a £16million deal from AC Milan in 2014, has only managed to score one league goal during his time at Anfield and is well down Klopp’s pecking order, but his immediate future still looks to be with the Anfield club.

Raiola last week suggested Balotelli could still forge a career on Merseyside – almost an admission of defeat in his bid to find the misfit a new club : “His option now is Liverpool, and that is a great option.”


Balotelli will be joined by all the players who have not had international commitments at Euro 2016 or the Copa America.

Klopp’s four new signings – £30million forward Sadio Mane, defender Matip, midfielder Marko Grujic and goalkeeper Loris Karius – will all be in attendance to meet their new team-mates.


On Thursday Liverpool agreed terms with Watford for young striker Jerome Sinclair, with PA Sport understanding the club will receive £4million instead of having to go through a tribunal to claim a development fee for the 19-year-old.


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