Mario Balotelli is known as a bad boy of football but his qualities were always undisputed.
But after his £16 million move to Liverpool last season from AC Milan, the Italian striker terribly failed to impress and scored only four goals from 26 games.
According to reports, Balotelli’s career at Liverpool is over. The striker has been told by Liverpool management to train separately from Liverpool’s first team.
He was also left out from Liverpool’s pre-season tour to Asia and Australia and Liverpool’s first Premier League match of the season against Stoke City.
Mario Balotelli’s spell at Liverpool hasn’t gone to plan, but it hasn’t been lacking in incident.
The Italian has been cast aside by Brendan Rodgers this summer but he has been active on social media over the last few days to celebrate his 25th birthday.
But despite his birthday celebrations, Balotelli remains on the sidelines at Liverpool and it his off-field behaviour keeping him there.
The Independent cites some examples from last season tested the patience of the Liverpool hierarchy to a point where enough was enough.
Just after a home defeat by Manchester United in March, then assistant manager Colin Pascoe had gathered the squad in a huddle during training. Balotelli saw the injured Jon Flanagan limping by 30 yards away and interrupted Pascoe to start shouting at the young defender.
Later that same day, Balotelli scored a stunning goal from the halfway line. However, it was at the wrong end.
The Italian was on a weaker team made up of substitutes and teenagers during a training match when he decided to turn around and hammer the ball past Brad Jones.
While everyone else watched on in disbelief at what, Balotelli laughed away by himself in the centre circle.
Balotelli never featured in the game at Arsenal at the weekend, or indeed for the rest of the month.
His next appearance was in the FA Cup semi-final when he came off the bench during a poor Liverpool performance at Wembley that saw them knocked out.
Also on the Italian’s list of Anfield exploits was getting caught speeding at 109mph on the M62 motorway and staying up late the night before a Champions League defeat by Basel.
The striker also used to organise Italian food to be delivered to his home rather than eat at Melwood with his team-mates.
With Christian Benteke on board alongside Danny Ings and Divock Origi with Daniel Sturridge still to return, Liverpool have the options up front to banish Balotelli from their first-team squad.
He has proved to be nothing more than a £16million mistake. It’s better for him to leave Anfield this summer if any club agrees to sign him.
Sampdoria seems to be interested but the Liverpool flop’s wage demands is high for them.