Brendan Rodgers’ bad transfer policy seems to now be taking its toll on Liverpool, with a latest report from the Mirror claiming the Anfield club have recorded a £30 million loss due to the signing for Mario Balotelli whose career at the Merseyside club seemingly over.
The Norther Irishman signed Balotelli for a fee of a record £16m but the former Manchester City striker failed to live up to expectation, scoring just one Premier League goal for Liverpool last term. The player’s only goal came against Tottenham in a 3-2 win and, his abysmal return of goals plus his loathsome attitude meant he was not highly regarded among the Reds’ supporters.
With Balotelli now farmed out on loan to AC Milan during the summer, the Italy international striker is still costing Liverpool £60k a week in wages as the Anfield club are still forking out a chunk of the player’s pay while he is in the Serie A.
Rodgers made Balotelli train separately from the rest of the squad throughout the summer and, despite getting rid of the Italian footballer, albeit on loan, Liverpool are still chronically losing out with Balotelli still on their wage bill.
It is claimed that Balotelli rejected a wage cut to leave Anfield. Hence, Milan and Liverpool had to come to an agreement over the payment of his wages for the season-long loan to the San Siro. Nevertheless, Balo is unlikely to return to Liverpool at the end of his loan spell, as his career at the club looks all but over.
The man brought in as Balotelli’s replacement this summer, Christian Benteke has so far recorded two goals – one more than the Italian forward managed for Liverpool.