Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has had to defend comments he made over Mario Balotelli, explaining he still felt the fee was fair compared to the money Fulham paid Leeds for Ross McCormack.

Jamie Carragher ripped into Mario Balotelli on Monday night for SkySports, branding his signing a mistake.

Balotelli's controversial spell at Liverpool is seemingly at a close, with a move to AC Milan agreed, as report The Guardian.

Carragher's comments caused him a bit of flak from fans, after it was pointed out to him he had hailed the signing as a bargain 12 months ago.

He told SkySports: "I still can't believe that they signed him. He hasn't worked out and he has to move on. He is kidding some coaches if he gets a move to AC Milan."

He had told The Mail last year the striker would be a bargain, if he did not cause disharmony in the squad.

He even compared it to the money Fulham paid fellow Championship club Leeds to sign Ross McCormack a month earlier.

Carragher said: "£16million for a 24-year-old who is Italy’s No 1 striker looks a great deal. If you consider Ross McCormack moved from Leeds to Fulham for £11m, it is even better value."


Carragher responded via Twitter when this was pointed out, insisting he must have been intoxicated when he praised Balotelli, who went onto score just one league goal for Liverpool.


Parody twitter account 'Deluded Brendan' a spoof of Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, did just that, showing Carragher the article.


Carragher responded by suggesting he still felt the fee was a bargain compared to the inflated fee Fulham paid Leeds for Scottish forward McCormack.

We are guessing he doesn't approve of the £9 million Burnley recently paid for Andre Gray either last week, but it's also hard to believe McCormack would not have been a better signing for Liverpool than Balotelli turned out to be.

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