Balotelli’s desire to be world class makes him a risk worth taking for Liverpool, claims Evans

Balotelli’s desire to be world class makes him a risk worth taking for Liverpool, claims Evans

first_imgFootball editor of The Times Tony Evans has told talkSPORT that Liverpool are willing to take a risk on Mario Balotelli because the Italian is determined to prove himself a world class player.The AC Milan striker looks nailed on to complete a £16million move to Anfield and should everything be finalised in time he could make his Reds debut against former club Manchester City on Monday night.Evans said the Merseyside outfit are keen to wrap up the deal before midday tomorrow and that Balotelli’s surprisingly low price has made the deal too good to turn down for Brendan Rodgers’ side.“Originally Brendan Rodgers wasn’t keen on taking Balotelli to Anfield. He’d even gone on the record as saying he didn’t want him and wouldn’t have him,” he told Kick Off.“But Liverpool went back and said ‘we’d think about him on loan but Milan said no chance we need the sale’. At that point it looked as if the fee was £20m and it looked like it wouldn’t happen but then it came down to £16m, and at that point Brendan Rodgers thought at that price it’s nailed on to take a chance. You can’t really lose.“He’s [Balotelli] reaching this point in his career where despite winning all these trophies and having a big reputation, there’s a sense that at 24 it’s his last chance to prove himself a real substantial player.“I think he will grab that chance and hopefully he’ll turn into the player he can be capable of. He’s got everything physically and technically, the question is; has he got it mentally?“And I think if ever there’s a time he needs to prove that, it’s now and because of all that I think it makes sense for Liverpool to take the chance.”last_img


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