Balotelli was never going to be up to Liverpool’s standard, says ex-Red

David Thompson hints that Mario Balotelli is one of Liverpool's worst signings

David Thompson says he isn’t surprised Mario Balotelli has failed to impress following his Liverpool move in the summer.

The 24-year-old striker has failed to score in 14 Premier League appearances after he completed a £16m switch to Anfield from AC Milan.

Balotelli, who has scored against Middlesbrough and Ludogorets, has been linked with a return to Serie A amid reported interest from Sampdoria.

Former Liverpool midfielder Thompson took to Twitter to reinforce his stance that Balotelli was never going to cut it at the Merseyside club.

Thompson, who made 48 appearances for the Reds, hinted that the Italy international is one of Liverpool’s worst signings of the past 15 years.

Balotelli has scored two goals in 18 appearances in all competitions this season for Liverpool.

Liverpool face Chelsea in the second leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final at Stamford Bridge after a 1-1 draw at Anfield last week.

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