Low: I'd love to coach Balotelli, Xavi and Pirlo

July 29th, 2015

The Germany coach believes the Liverpool striker is “awesome” but feels he does not work hard enough

Germany coach Joachim Low has admitted that he would like to coach Mario Balotelli, Andrea Pirlo and Xavi.

The Liverpool striker has proven to be a difficult character to work with and failed to make any impact at Anfield, having scored just one league goal during his debut season following a €20 million move from AC Milan.

Low admits that the player does not work hard enough, but believes the striker has great potential.

“I have seen him from time to time against Germany or in Italy and he was just awesome,” he told Bild.

“When he realises his potential, he would probably not be able to be stopped by anyone.

“Of course, he does far too little. Those are only special moments in which he appears. He does not make enough of the chances he gets.”

The coach also praised Xavi and Pirlo, who have moved to Al Sadd and New York City FC respectively this summer.

“For years, Xavi was one of the best players in the world to me. So a strategist like Xavi I would like to train.

“I think Pirlo is still a brilliant player. Someone who has been playing for 15 years at this high level and with his game intelligence he is still at the top.”

Sampdoria want Liverpool to cut Balotelli price

July 28th, 2015

The Reds striker is on the market at around half what was paid for him last summer but the Italian club’s president, Massimo Ferrero, is not willing to meet the current price

Sampdoria are keen on rescuing Mario Balotelli from his frustrations at Liverpool but want the Premier League side to reduce their €10 million (£7.1m) asking price.

The 24-year-old quickly fell out of favour with Brendan Rodgers after his €20m (£16m) arrival from AC Milan last summer, scoring only one top-flight goal in 16 matches.

Liverpool have heavily reinforced their forward line this summer, with Christian Benteke, Roberto Firmino and Danny Ings all coming in.

Sampdoria have already shown an interest in offering Balotelli a way out and the Italian side’s president, Massimo Ferrero, has indicated that the Reds are prepared to sell for a loss.

“They told me that Mario was in Genoa yesterday,” Ferrero told reporters on Monday.

“He costs €10m but, with a discount on that, we welcome him with open arms.”

Balotelli scored four goals in 28 matches in all competitions for Liverpool in 2014-15 and Rodgers has refused to guarantee that the striker will remain at the club.

Balotelli offered move away from Liverpool by lower-league Italian outfit

July 25th, 2015

Lupa Castelli believe they can offer the former Manchester City forward the opportunity to revitalise his ailing career after a tough maiden year at Anfield

Mario Balotelli has been offered a route out of Liverpool after Italian third-tier outfit Lupa Castelli revealed they are interested in the striker.

The former Manchester City man struggled during his first campaign at Anfield as he scored just one Premier League goal and gradually fell down the pecking order.

His first-team oportunities look set to be further limited by the arrivals of Christian Benteke, Danny Ings and returning Lille loanee Divock Origi, while the Italy international also missed out on a place on the Reds’ pre-season tour of Asia and Australia.

But Lupa Castelli honorary president Marco Amelia believes his club would give Balotelli the perfect opportunity to rebuild his career away from the usual scrutiny he is put under.

“Our intention is to bring our friend, Balotelli, here, a player who at this time needs to start afresh because we see that he does not want to play anymore, has fans opposing him and is no longer able to show his quality,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“For Balotelli, this could be the first step towards cleaning up his act, taking two steps back and showing everyone what he is capable of doing.

“I’ll try to call Mario Balotelli. On an economic point of view, we’ll see what happens. I think that at this time Mario needs to find the will he needs to compete.

“It will be tough, it will be almost impossible as it is something that football has never seen, but he could do it.”

Balotelli future is in his own hands – Rodgers

July 22nd, 2015

The Italy international endured a torrid debut season at Liverpool, scoring just four goals in all competitions, and has been told that he can decide his next career move

Brendan Rodgers says that Mario Balotelli has his Liverpool future in his own hands after he was left out of the club’s pre-season tour squad.

The Reds are currently preparing for the 2015-16 season in the Far East and will face a Malaysia XI on Friday, though Balotelli has been left at Melwood.

Liverpool have already acquired Danny Ings and welcomed Divock Origi back from his loan spell at Lille this summer, while Goal understands that the Reds have launched a £32.5 million bid for Christian Benteke.

Such competition has left Balotelli’s future up in the air, and Rodgers admits he will leave it up to the Italy international – who scored just four goals in all competitions last season – to decide whether he wants to leave the club.

“Mario is obviously not on tour but working hard and training well with a number of other players at Melwood,” Rodgers told reporters.

When asked where Balotelli’s future lies, he responded: “I’m not sure, that will entirely be up to Mario.

“He is working hard to get fit and we will see when the season begins.”

Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero has expressed his desire to sign Balotelli, but says the firebrand striker will have to take a pay cut to join his club.

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'Well done Sterling!' – Balotelli risks ire of Liverpool fans

July 21st, 2015

The England forward left for Manchester City under a cloud after a bitter transfer saga but his old team-mate offers support after his first goal for Manuel Pellegrini’s side

Mario Balotelli has risked angering the Liverpool fanbase by tweeting praise for Raheem Sterling after his goalscoring debut for Manchester City.

The England international finally completed a £49 million move to the Etihad Stadium earlier in July after a protracted and bad-tempered transfer saga, having refused to sign a new contract at Anfield.

Sterling has drawn a great deal of abuse from Liverpool supporters as a result of his pursuit of the switch and, after he netted just three minutes into his first pre-season appearance for his new club on Tuesday, his now-former colleague offered some support.

Well done @sterling31 ! Best answer . Keep it up.

— Mario Balotelli (@FinallyMario) July 21, 2015

Balotelli’s comments quickly prompted a swarm of angry replies and he moved quickly to insist that he was not trying to criticise his own team’s supporters but called for an end to the bitterness over Sterling’s departure.

Liverpool fans are amazing but i hope@sterling31 will play at his best because he deserve it.He s a good guy young and talented…..

— Mario Balotelli (@FinallyMario) July 21, 2015

….support him Like you always did .He gave everything to this club and respect it so im sad to see this.YNWA ,Liverpool is a family ALWAYS

— Mario Balotelli (@FinallyMario) July 21, 2015

Balotelli’s own future at Anfield is in doubt after he struggled in his first season with the Reds in 2014-15, with Danny Ings and Divock Origi among the new recruits up front this summer.

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