Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes Mario Balotelli will be sold from the club before the start of next season.
The Italian forward has hit just one goal in his first 10 games for the Reds, and was substituted at half time of Liverpool’s 0-3 defeat to Real Madrid at Anfield.
He angered supporters by swapping shirts with Real Madrid defender Pepe before entering the tunnel, and Carragher believes the 24-year-old is already facing an uncertain future at the club.
“I can’t change the way I feel about Balotelli, and that’s nothing to do with what he’s done in a Liverpool shirt. It’s what he’s done at Man City, what he’s done at AC Milan,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“Do I think he’s going to be here long term? No. I’d be surprised to see him here next season if I’m being honest. These players, who are continually moved on, it’s for a reason.
“I wouldn’t say that was the worst I’ve seen Balotelli play. I wouldn’t say he was by far Liverpool’s worst player. He’s taken him off because he wanted more intensity. Well, we spoke about that before the game. I don’t think what he did in the first half was a surprise to anyone or the manager.”