Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann has told talkSPORT that he does not want to see Mario Balotelli return to the first-team squad at Anfield.
Balotelli was signed by Brendan Rodgers in the summer of 2014 but went on to score just four times in 28 appearances in all competitions, with just one goal being netted in the Premier League.
The Italian international was loaned out to former club AC Milan in August but he has made just two starts in Serie A, with his only league goal coming from a set piece in September against Udinese.
It is looking increasingly unlikely that Milan will take up the option of a permanent deal, leaving Balotelli to return to Merseyside to start the last year of his contract.
However, Hamann - who won the Champions League during his time with Liverpool - has labelled the 25-year-old as an "above-average player" who should not be given a second opportunity to succeed with the Reds.
Speaking on the Colin Murray Show, Hamann said: "Would I have him back at my club? No. He’s got a year left on his contract at Liverpool, so they’ve got to take him back. But they’ve got to find a solution. They’ve got to come to an agreement and probably will have to pay him up I would think.
"People talk about Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar and maybe one or two others, and a few years ago in the next bracket some of the fans would have had Balotelli. But to me, he never deserved that reputation.
“He’s the best penalty taker I’ve seen, which is an asset to have, but it’s not everything. He’s can be disruptive in the dressing room and he can divide teams. He’s got this reputation like he’s a world beater, but he’s not. He’s an above average player and that’s all he is."