Klopp: I have no time to think about Balotelli now

The 25-year-old is due to return to Merseyside at the end of the season, but there has been no indication yet as to whether he has a future at Anfield

Jurgen Klopp has admitted Mario Balotelli’s future has not even crossed his mind yet as he has no time to consider anything other than Liverpool’s current squad and fixture schedule.

The Italian, who is on a season-long loan at AC Milan, is contractually due to return to Merseyside at the end of that spell, however, there has been no indication yet as to whether the forward is wanted by Klopp.

Balotelli’s agent Mino Raiola revealed over the weekend that he was planning on holding talks with the manager, but the German admits such a meeting is not possible right now.

“In this moment, I have no time or the capacity to think about things for the summer,” he told reporters.

“Maybe we can have a talk with his agent, but that is nothing I can think about right now. January is where we have to think about things we can change in this moment and the games we have to play in this moment and nothing else.”

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Balotelli has been sidelined since late September with a troublesome groin injury, which required surgery. He has only managed four appearances and one goal for the Rossoneri in Serie A this season.

Given Klopp’s demands of his forwards in terms of movement and industry, it is unlikely that Klopp would opt for the Italy international as one of his attackers next season.

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