Jamie Carragher lays into Mario Balotelli as the Italian prepares for Milan loan

Jamie Carragher

The Liverpool legend was fiercely critical of the Italy international's quality as the 24-year-old looks set to complete a loan to Milan.

Jamie Carragher was watching Liverpool's entertaining 0-0 draw with Arsenal in the Sky Sports studio last night alongside Thierry Henry and Gary Neville when the Anfield legend gave his opinion on the Reds disappointing striker Mario Balotelli, who was in Italy preparing for a season long loan to former club Milan.

The 24-year-old scored just 4 goals in what is looking like it will be his sole season on Merseyside, despite making 28 appearances for Brendan Rdogers' side.

And Carragher, who is one of the club's greatest servants after registering featuring in 705 games for the Reds laid into the Italian, after being asked whether anyone at Liverpool will miss the forward.

“No, not from me. The Balotelli signing was a major mistake from the whole club," Carragher told Sky Sports. "The quicker he is moved on (the better). He (Rodgers) has got Benteke and Sturridge to come back."

"I still can’t believe he signed him, but it hasn’t worked out and he’s going to move. He’s kidded some coaches if he’s got another move this time to AC Milan.

“Where’s the evidence of his quality?!"

Clearly, the 37-year-old is not Balotelli's biggest fan, and it true that out of all of the forward's clubs so far in his career, it is at Liverpool where he has struggled to display his ability.

However, the reason Milan may well be open to bringing him back to Italy is that it was for the Rossoneri that he arguably produced his best football, scoring 30 times in 54 matches ahead of his Premier League return.

Liverpool will almost certainly be hoping he replicates that sort of form to ensure Milan, or any other club, will be wiling to take the attacker off their hands for good. 

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