Carragher: I still can't believe Liverpool signed Balotelli

The Merseysiders’ second-highest appearance maker believes the Italian marksman, who is currently on loan at Milan, ranks as one of the club’s worst signings in recent history

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher says he still can’t believe the club signed Mario Balotelli.

Balotelli, 25, joined the Reds from Milan for £16million in 2014 as a replacement for Luis Suarez, who joined Barcelona that same summer.

However, despite his previous exploits in England with Manchester City, Balotelli struggled to make an immediate impact, scoring one goal in 16 Premier League appearances.

The Italian international still remains on Liverpool’s books but was sent back to Milan on loan in August.

And when asked by Daily Mail readers who he thought was the worst player Liverpool signed while he was at the club, Carragher said: “I can’t believe we signed Mario Balotelli! 

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“The thing with Balotelli is everyone always says it’s the off-the-field antics, but I wouldn’t care if he was doing it on the pitch. 

“People tell me he’s got talent but I can’t remember him having a good game. 

“I’m praying with all the money in the Chinese Super League that someone is going to buy him after his loan. I don’t think anyone in the Premier League will take him. 

Carragher also picked out El Hadji Diouf and Alberto Aquilani as other transfer blunders. 

“El Hadji Diouf has got to be up there,” he said. “Alberto Aquilani would have to be up there as well. We spent a lot of money on him. He was signed injured, he left injured and I can’t remember him not being injured.”

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