Agent lifts lid on issues Liverpool's Mario Balotelli has to deal with

Mario Balotelli Italy

Mario Balotelli's agent admits his client is 'disappointed with himself' at Liverpool, but insists there are no plans to start afresh elsewhere.

Mario Balotelli’s agent, Mino Raiola, has admitted to Gazzetta dello Sport that his client is ‘disappointed’ with how things have gone at Liverpool.

He is, however, adamant that there are no plans to move him out of Anfield and look to rebuild his confidence elsewhere.

The 2014/15 campaign has been one of struggle for the Italy international, with a lack of goals and criticism of his performances leaving him cutting a frustrated figure.

Raiola concedes that the 24-year-old has ‘changed’, with the former Manchester City and AC Milan forward lacking in self belief.

He believes Balotelli will come good, though, and says there is a determination to get things right and honour a long-term contract on Merseyside.

Raiola told Gazzetta dello Sport: "The plan is to continue at Anfield. I saw him Monday and told him: 'You have a 4 year contract and I won't bring you away. Or you leave Liverpool at 60-70 million, and I won my bet, or you'll die there'.

"It's the first time I make a speech like that to a player. I've seen him quiet, changed, different than Milan.

"Very disappointed with himself, too. He's going through a bad time like he never had. In Liverpool he hasn't his spaces: if you don't make things as they want, you stay out. Then he was broken for eight weeks, he lost the rhythm."

Does Balotelli need a change of scenery?

While Balotelli’s desire to prove a point at Liverpool is admirable, there must come a point when all concerned have to hold their hands up and agree to a parting of ways.

His game is all about passion, with the best brought out of him when he feels untouchable and able to conjure up moments of magic.

To have seen his head drop on so many occasions this season suggests that his fire is out.

  GoalsTotal Scoring AttOntarget Scoring AttAppearancesMins Played
Mario Balotelli 0 47 18 12 760

There is no questioning his ability and what he could bring to the Reds cause when on top of his game.

Maybe the return of Daniel Sturridge will help to reignite his flame, with some of the focus taken off his efforts and turned to those of another frontman with plenty to prove on the form and fitness front.

It will, however, be interesting to see what happens if interest is shown over the summer – whether Liverpool really are prepared to play the long game with a mercurial talent.

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