Mario Balotelli made a summer transfer to Liverpool FC for his second spell in the English Premier League.
He was part of the Manchester City team that won the English Premier League title in 2012 before eventually making a move back to his dream club AC Milan.
Despite his remarkable statistics for Milan, the bad aura surrounding the striker seems not to have disappeared.
Balotelli has been involved in various controversies but the Liverpool player has recently been less involved in media reports.
Probably a sign of maturity for the Italian who have been left out of the national team squad twice since Antonio Conte took charge.
AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi has revealed Mario Balotelli was signed against his wishes as he expresses his excitement in the sale of the striker to Liverpool.
The player who Berlusconi termed as “rotten apple” is yet to get to his best at Anfield.
Berlusconi believes Balotelli has a negative impact on the team and he is pleased with the current crop of champions in Milan mentioning Jeremy Menez, Keisuke Honda, Stephan El Shaarawy, Fernando Torres, Nigel de Jong and others.
Balotelli is yet to fulfil the potentials he showed while growing up and his lackadaisical attitude may have affected his development.
From a Mourinho’s Inter Milan team to Manchester City, everyone must have believed Balotelli is destined for greatness but the recent drop in the player’s on-field performances has raised many questions about his ability to shoulder enough responsibilities.
Signed by Liverpool to replace Luis Suarez, he’s yet to get close to what Suarez did even in his early days talk less of the exploits of the Uruguayan in the last two years at the club.
Although it must be said that Balotelli has recently been calm and less involved in controversies like he used to but his performance on the pitch has also dropped.
Probably this is a stage needed by the Italian to change his attitude and get back to that top level. This stage of metamorphosis may eventually end up re-making the 24 year old and Brendan Rodgers will be pleased with that.
Balotelli’s only goal so far for Liverpool came in the UEFA champions league as he awaits his first premier league goal for the club.
The 24 year old will have to step up his level of performances if he is to remain in Brendan Rodger’s plan especially with Daniel Sturridge returning back to the team soon.
The manager already accepted the club gambled on signing the striker from Milan for £16 million and hopes for the best in his time in Anfield.