!!! What a great ask.
It’s not really a rumour anymore, with the clubs having agreed a fee, Mario having agreed personal terms and been seen strolling about Merseyside for his medical. I think he’s meant to officially sign on Tuesday…but anyways, the short answer:
The long answer (THIS GOT SO OUT OF HAND DON’T READ THIS):
Best assessment on the Balotelli and Liverpool link that I’ve read.
“I sought out for him a team where he can be an important element without being asked to be a leader. Liverpool have Steven Gerrard. There Mario will be protected and can give his best.
“Now it’s up to him. Another flop is inadvisable… Not everyone is born to be a leader and a good striker is not always a leader either.
“Mario needs to get this pressure off his shoulders. He must feel free to score goals and that’s it.”
When asked whether this was the Last Chance Saloon for Mario’s career, agent Mino Raiola was surprisingly forthright.
“At the top level, yes. It’s either make or break now. If it goes wrong? Mario is 24 years old. He no longer has the alibi of his age.”
Yes to all of this. It might be the making of him. Fair cop to Steven Gerrard for wanting to work with Balotelli (after the dive Balo did when was at City against Liverpool). I need Mario to win.