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Robbie Savage: Liverpool should sell Mario Balotelli in January

Former Leicester City and Derby County star Robbie Savage says that Liverpool should try to get as much money as they can for Mario Balotelli in the January transfer window.

Former Leicester City and Derby County midfielder Robbie Savage has advised Liverpool to sell Mario Balotelli in the January transfer window.

Italy international striker Balotelli joined the Reds from AC Milan in the summer for a reported transfer fee of £16 million.

Eyebrows were raised when Liverpool announced the deal, and all doubters have been proven correct as the season has progressed.

The 24-year-old has yet to score in the Premier League this campaign, creating just five chances and having a shot accuracy of only 53% in 10 league appearances.

“I'd try and get as much money as you can for Balotelli in the January transfer window,” Savage told BBC Sport.

“His goalscoring record for AC Milan and everywhere he's been has been OK, so, for £16m, he was worth taking a chance on. But I don't think he's done anything.”

It is easy for Savage to say that Liverpool should sell Balotelli next month, but there will be two main problems if they try to offload the former Manchester City star.

1) Who will sign Mario Balotelli?

Inter Milan are reportedly interested in him, but would the striker be willing to return to Italy? And will Liverpool get £16m for him? If not, will they be willing to take a loss?

2) Who will Liverpool sign to replace Mario Balotelli?

As poor as the Italian has been, at least he assures Rodgers that he has a striker and adds numbers to the squad. It will be very, very tough for the Reds to find a better striker in January. The chance to sign a top-class forward was gone in the summer.

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