Mario Balotelli has once again failed to prove his worth in his current loan term at AC Milan, which is coming to an end. Slowly becoming an ex-Italy international due to his poor form, Liverpool are ready to cut ties with him by Summer. The 26-year-old striker has scored just once in 15 Serie A games, and it doesn’t look like Milan want him either. Klopp sure needs a lethal forward, and the former Manchester City forward doesn’t cut that figure. He managed to find the back of the net just once in 16 EPL appearances for the Anfield outfit last season, and he obviously isn’t able to regain his once-explosive form at the moment.
Liverpool are hoping to use him in a deal to get the long-term target, Josip Illicic from Fiorentina in Summer. The Slovenia international is on top of his game this season, finding the back of the net 12 times, and registering 5 assists in 24 Serie A appearances thus far. Making him the midfielder with the highest number of goals in Europe. Klopp has kept an eye on him for a while and has seen Balotelli as a potential makeweight. Liverpool aren’t scoring enough goals this season, and an introduction of a player with a keen eye for goal will help solve the problem.
However, Balotelli must be willing to accept a huge pay cut in order for the move to work. Clearly, Fiorentina can’t afford to pay 3.5 million Euros per year for any player. Especially one with 2 league goals over the course of 2 seasons. At Fiorentina, he has another chance to get his mojo back, and will definitely have the chance of sealing down a starting place. The 4th-placed team is on course to feature in next season’s Champions League, a place Mario hasn’t been in quite a time. That could perhaps inspire him to take up a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in the journey to revive a career speedily heading South.