Ex-Red suggests Mario Balotelli among Liverpool's worst ever buys

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David Thompson believes Mario Balotelli is up there among Liverpool's poorest signings.

Former Liverpool midfielder David Thompson says he warned people that Mario Balotelli would not be good enough for the club, and suggested that his acquisition has been among the poorest he has seen from the Reds in 15 years.

The ex-Manchester City star moved to Merseyside from AC Milan last summer in a £16 million deal - as reported by the Daily Mail - filling a void that was created but the departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona.

Since his arrival though, things haven't gone the 24-year-old's way and he has only managed to muster two goals in 18 appearances in all competitions this season.

Thompson, who came through the Liverpool academy and made 45 professional appearances for the club, took to his official Twitter account to underline his view on the striker.

He then went onto hint that Balotelli was among Liverpool's poorest transfer dealings and asked his followers who they think have been the club's worst ever signings.

Balotelli's performances in a Liverpool shirt have prompted reports from the Daily Star that he could be set for a swift Anfield exit, but manager Brendan Rodgers has refuted such claims by stating on Sky Sports that he can still make a success of his Liverpool career.

Unsurprisingly, the forward hasn't started any of the club's last five fixtures in all competitions as Rodgers has opted to partner Ricky Lambert and Fabio Borini up-top.

It remains to be seen whether Balotelli will be called upon for tonight's Capital One Cup semi final second leg clash with Chelsea. Competition for striking places will also be intensifying with the news that Daniel Sturridige has returned to first team training.

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