Date: 21st August 2015 at 11:05pm
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Mario Balotelli’s nightmare at Liverpool is set to be coming to an end. A deal has been agreed for the Italian striker to join the Serie A side Lazio on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent switch, according to Tuttomercatoweb. But the deal is subject to one condition: Lazio qualifying for the Champions League which seems highly likely as they head into the second leg of their play-off match with a 1-0 advantage over Bayer Leverkusen.

If this deal does go through it will be a much welcome relief to Brendan Rodgers and his side as Balotelli has been phased out of the Liverpool squad and is currently training away from the first team. Balotelli joined Liverpool last summer for £16milllion from AC Milan and was set to be a replacement for the departed Luis Suarez and help chip in with the goals. But he has only managed to score fours goals in all competitions during his time at the club. Signing Balotelli was always going to be a gamble and its a gamble that has not worked for the Reds as he has simply not fitted into the Liverpool way and his work ethic leaves a lot to be desired.

Liverpool went out to bring in Benteke, Ings and Origi as the striking options this season thus pushing Balotelli further down the pecking order.

Hopefully Lazio do qualify for the Champions League and this deal can be concluded and life at Liverpool can go on without the cloud of Balotelli constantly hanging over the club.


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