Former Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has taken another swipe at his former employers. The 26-year-old joined Nice at the start of the season and had earlier blasted Jurgen Klopp and Brendan Rodgers for not playing him enough.
The former AC Milan and Inter star was speaking with Sky Italia as he gave his assessment of the French city, Nice.
“The city where I am now is beautiful.
“The environmental aspect played a role in my decision, having recently lived in Liverpool and Milan.
The Italian striker also spoke about the experience in the side and how they have started off well in Ligue 1.
“The team, however, are very young. We’re almost all the same age, this is the football that I like.”
The burn against Liverpool came when Balotelli was speaking about his dreams and when he was rating the teams where he played.
“I have no more dreams in football, only targets. The ranking of the teams where I have felt good? Nice, Manchester City and… that’s it.”
The Italian has been in sensational form for the French club and has bagged five goals in six appearances. Balotelli has been looking for a place to settle down after a nomadic career and Nice does seem to be a good fit for him.
In the last league game, he scored a late winner and was actually seen celebrating, something we have not seen enough of from the Italian. Of course, old habits are hard to forget and the 26-year-old got sent off in the last minute of the game. The sending off was not completely his fault but there is always a baggage with the Italian that he cannot shed.
Balo’s rants keep going but he does have a point
While Balotelli does badmouth Liverpool and has done the same to Jurgen Klopp and Rodgers, he isn’t completely wrong. Rodgers’ signing of Balotelli was a panic buy and he didn’t really get a chance to do well at the Merseyside club.
Rodgers’ Liverpool did not really play with tactics that would suit Balotelli and it was not a surprise that the Italian struggled. Even when Klopp came in, the Italian was not given a chance to impress and was told that there is no future for him at the club.
Anyone would be upset with the treatment meted out but Balotelli should also be glad that Klopp did not make any false promises.
The move to Nice seems to have taken off the pressure from the Italian and he does seem to be liking his time in France. If he continues performing at this rate, he could win more than just a few cups in France.