Trapattoni: Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli has wasted his career

Mario Balotelli has struggled to impress since moving to Liverpool this season.

Balotelli switched AC Milan to Liverpool over the summer, as the Reds looked to recover from the loss of Luis Suarez to Barcelona.

Coming off the back of 26 goals in 43 games for the Rossoneri, many expected Balotelli to be a hit at Anfield, but he has failed to hit the heights expected of him, and the 24-year-old has just two goals in 14 games - and has failed to find the back of the net in the Premier League.

Despite the positive start to his career at the San Siro, a frustration started to surround the forward during the latter months of his tenure, and it appeared to have continued following his £16 million move back to England.

He is currently out of action following an injury picked up during international duty in November, and, with Rickie Lambert leading the Reds attacking line, performances have somewhat improved and it appears as is the Italian international may have trouble regaining his place in the starting XI until he can prove that he still provides a goalscoring threat.

Some reports have even suggested that Balotelli could be offloaded in January, just months after joining the club, as Brendan Rodgers targets West Ham’s Diafra Sakho as a way to recover the goalscoring threat associated with the side last term. Another move for the Italian would once again prevent him from settling at one club for too long, and his development into the world class player many thought he could be will further be restricted.

Italian coaching legend Giovanni Trapattoni shares this view, claiming that Balotelli should feel as if he has wasted his career when he retires and looks back on it.

“I do not know how Balotelli's career will pan out in the future,” the former Milan player and Italy manager said. “But I know that when he hangs up his boots he will realise the many opportunities he has wasted.”

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