Jurgen Klopp may axe Mario Balotelli from Liverpool

Liverpool, July 13: Mario Balotelli's career at Liverpool is almost over after the club manager Jurgen Klopp said that he has not taken any decision yet regrading inclusion of the Italian striker in his squad.

Balotelli joined Liverpool in 2014 from AC Milan under the then manager Brendan Rodgers. After a fairly unsuccessful season at Anfield the striker was sent on loan to his previous club AC Milan last summer.

Liverpool's Mario Balotelli (right) fights for the ball against Manchester United's Chris Smalling during a English Premier League match

Now as the loan tenure is over, Balotelli is back to Melwood, where he joined the Liverpool pre-season training on 2nd July.

But as it is speculated it is going to be tough for the moody forward to get a place in Klopp's squad. Jurgen Klopp addressing the media said: "Since he has been back, he's been a good guy and I can't say anything different.

"It's not that he's come back and said 'who's the boss? I'm the boss! No, sorry, it's you' - it's not been that at all. Everything's been good, it's all OK.

"Now we will do everything we can to get him fit. Then it will not be a situation for Mario - and I have spoken to him about this."

The German manager further added: "He's not at the stage of his career where he should be battling with four or five other players for one or two positions.

"We want him to become the player he was before his injury. The talent is still there. When we have done the crossing, heading and stuff he's been world class. But this is not a situation where he should be battling with other players like this for one position.

"So it's clear we need a solution. It's now time to make decisions and I try to help Mario get in the best shape he can be in and we will see what happens."

Liverpool recently played their first friendly game against Tranmere Rovers FC, which they won 1-0 courtesy a goal from Danny Ings. Mario Balotelli was not included in the match day squad.

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