Three reasons Liverpool won’t miss Mario Balotelli
Tom Phillips looks at three reasons why Liverpool supporters won't miss AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli
Failed to make an impact upon Premier League return
The phrases, “he needs time to gel”, or, “he needs to get use to the Premier League”, doesn’t really apply to Mario Balotelli after he had a reasonable – and successful – spell with Manchester City. The Italian was part of Roberto Mancini’s Citizens side that saw the Sky Blues lift the Premier League title for the first time since 1968. You’d think that the Italian would want to go straight back into goal-scoring ways, but sadly, he didn’t. The striker only managed to find the net four times since his move to Liverpool last summer – only one of these goals came in the league. The Kop compare their strikers to legends such as Kenny Dalglish, Robbie Fowler and Ian Rush, with Balotelli unable to find the form that saw him become a favourite at Eastlands, Liverpool fans will be more looking forward to seeing who they will replace than him leave.
His attitude is all wrong
Fans, staff and players alike are all aware of the ethos Liverpool promote and know the club demands a solid and professional attitude. Unfortunately, that is not Balotelli at all. Balotelli is loved by fans more for his antics off the pitch than his abilities on the pitch. City fans use to chant his name along with his grass allergies, dart throwing and allegedly for travelling around Manchester with £2,000 in cash – hardly a mention of his goal-scoring record at Etihad Stadium. Balotelli infamously made the news for setting his house on fire because he lit a firework in the bathroom, hardly a professional figure that oozes out respect whoever he plays for.
Squad harmony will be better off
Granted, Balotelli is a popular figure with his fellow teammates wherever he goes, but he can cause disruption and disharmony in the squad, too, -something Liverpool will not miss. Balotelli will be more of a nuisance than someone that will boost morale. This isn’t a help for a side where Brendan Rodgers’s position has been questioned and the club recently lost captain and legend Steve Gerrard to the MLS – Liverpool will be experiencing a revamp and Balotelli will be someone that will hamper that recovery than nurture it.