Jamie Carragher: I’d be surprised to see Mario Balotelli at Liverpool next year
Jamie Carragher brands Mario Balotelli as a 'panic buy'
Jamie Carragher has declared that he would be surprised if Mario Balotelli was still at Liverpool next season.
The Italy international was substituted at half-time of Liverpool’s 3-0 loss to Real Madrid after struggling to link-up with his team-mates or test the opposition defence.
No, I’d be surprised to see him here next season if I’m being honest
Balotelli, who was heavily criticised for swapping shirts with Pepe at the interval, has managed to score one goal in 10 appearances since a £16m move from AC Milan.
And Liverpool legend Carragher reckons the 24-year-old striker was a “panic buy” as the Reds prepared to lose Fabio Borini, who eventually stayed put at the Merseyside outfit.
“I can’t change the way I feel about Balotelli, and that is nothing to do with what he’s done in a Liverpool shirt,” Carragher said. “It’s what he’s done at Manchester City and AC Milan.
“Do I think he’s going to be here long-term? No, I’d be surprised to see him here next season if I’m being honest.”
Carragher continued: “It was a panic (buy). They were on the verge of selling Borini to Sunderland and they were going to go into the season with Rickie Lambert really. Daniel Sturridge is there but he’s got massive injury problems – he always has and he always will.
“We needed someone. Who was available? Who knows who Brendan Rodgers and his scouting staff went for but they left it too late.
“A lot of players have come in, they’re doing a decent job here and there but none of them have really done anything. They bring Balotelli in late on, they think they get can something out of him for £16m. It’s obviously a panic.”