Mario BalotelliHis career as an English footballer ended with a few grunts.
The oft-controversial Italian striker was quite good at attacks and volleys Manchester. scored two goals against Manchester United Old Trafford assisted Sergio Aguero’s famous English Premier League goal.
So when Balotelli returned to England with Liverpool in the summer of 2014 after a stint in AC MilanThere was cautious optimism.
The fiery striker had impressed at that year’s World Cup and had the ability to fill the void left by him Luis Suarez In a certain way.
Unfortunately for Liverpool, the move quickly turned into a nightmare.
In his only season on Merseyside, Balotelli scored just four goals in 28 appearances in all competitions.
The Italian’s performance was mostly sad and it didn’t come as a shock to anyone that he was brought back to Milan in the 2015/16 season.
And it turns out Balotelli’s time at Liverpool can largely be summed up by a statement made during his first training session.
second Steven GerardAdana Demirspor striker has publicly told manager Brendan Rodgers that he doesn’t score corners.
No, it’s not the end…
Gerrard’s story on Balotelli’s first training session for Liverpool
Gerrard wrote in his explosive autobiography: “I remembered that I always allowed all new players into the clean club. Balotelli reputation tested this solution but I did my best to be open. He made an immediate impression when we were working on our set pieces, and Balotelli told Brendan: “I’m not aiming. On corner. I can not.
“I almost fell in the door. I thought, ‘What are you?’ Five foot eight and one of the toughest guys I’ve ever seen on the football field? And can’t you determine the angle?
“Brendan was very firm. Well, now you can – and if you can’t, you will learn,” he told Balotelli.
“It was the first conflict between Brendan and Balotelli, the first day, but the coach faced Mario very well. From that moment Balotelli started scoring corners.
Imagine arriving at a training session at one of the biggest clubs in world football and telling the manager that you refuse to perform such an essential task.
To make matters worse, Balotelli’s imposing physique makes him an ideal candidate for the corner tackle.
Really no wonder Jose Mourinho He claimed the player was ‘unmanageable’ after their time together InterMilan.
Unfortunately, most of Balotelli’s enormous potential will remain untapped…