Steven Gerrard: Why Liverpool flop will never be world class
Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard lifts the lid on working alongside Reds flop Mario Balotelli
Steven Gerrard says Liverpool flop Mario Balotelli will never be world class.
The Italy international moved to Serie A side AC Milan from Liverpool on a season-long loan in the summer transfer window.
Balotelli scored one goal in 20 Premier League appearances for the Merseyside outfit following his £16m switch to Anfield from the seven-time European champions in 2014.
Gerrard played alongside the controversial 25-year-old striker for just under 12 months before he sealed a move to Major League Soccer outfit in July.
And the former Liverpool captain explained why Balotelli will never realise his potential following his Anfield exit.
“There was no friction between [myself and Balotelli] – we got on fine,” Gerrard wrote in his new autobiography My Story, which is being serialised in Daily Mail.
“I still tried to help him and I kept looking for chances to praise him, but I could see [Jose] Mourinho had been right when he said Balotelli is unmanageable.
“He is very talented with the potential to be world class, but he’ll never get there because of his mentality and the people around him. Balotelli’s always late, he always wants attention, he says the wrong things on social media.
“For me, he doesn’t work hard enough on a daily basis. You’re always fighting a losing battle with Balotelli. He does too many things wrong.”
Balotelli, who moved to Liverpool from Milan in a £16m deal last summer, managed to score four goals in 26 games in all competitions.
The Italian striker, who moved to Anfield from Milan in a £16m deal last summer, was part of City’s Premier League-winning title side in 2013.