Mario Balotelli might not have fit into the Liverpool scheme of things well but the Italian has found a new lease on life at Nice. The former AC Milan star was a flop at Anfield and even stated that both Brendan Rodgers and Jurgen Klopp did not have the greatest of impressions on the striker.
Balo scored just four goals in his only season at Liverpool and he did term his move to the club as his biggest mistake. The Italian has now scored seven goals in eight games for Nice, which has seen them climb to the top of the French league, ahead of PSG as well.
The Italian did state that one Liverpool player should leave the club and join him at Nice.
“I’ve talked to him,” Balotelli told Telefoot, per French football writer Matt Spiro. “What a waste! He should leave Liverpool. He should come here.”
Sakho, who is rated at €20.4 Million by the CIES Football Observatory, has been linked with a move away from the Reds in January. The 26-year-old defender has not played for Liverpool this season and was even sent back from the preseason camp in the United States of America.
The French defender also had a go at the club but he has been playing for the U23s and it does seem that his time is up at the club.
France calling for Sakho
Balotelli tells Sakho to come to Nice: ‘I’ve talked to him. What a waste! He should leave Liverpool. He should come here’ (Telefoot) #LFC
— Matt Spiro (@mattspiro) November 6, 2016
There have been many reports linking Sakho with a return to France. The former PSG man was brought to England from the French capital but clubs such as Lille are reported to be interested in his signing.
Moving to France does seem to be the best option but there are reports which are claiming that the 26-year-old could remain in England as Leicester City and West Ham want to strengthen their defence.
Sakho would be a great signing for Lucian Favre as he has turned the French club around. Credit must also be given to the former Borussia Monchengladbach coach as he seems to be getting the best out of Balotelli this season, which is not the easiest thing to do.
The French club could be a perfect place for the out of favour Sakho. He still is one of the strongest defenders in world football and returning home would make sense for him as he looks to get back to his best.
It is a certainty that the centre-back has no future at Liverpool and the sooner his situation is resolved, the better it will be for him and Liverpool. Hopefully, the manager will let him go in January and a permanent solution can be found.
Liverpool star’s £4.5m-per-year demand could be a problem as two Serie A clubs are interested
Latest Liverpool transfer news: Dejan Lovren’s salary is a problem for Serie A clubs
CalcioNapoli24 (h/t Daily Star) claims that Napoli are interested in the services of Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren. The report claims that AC Milan and Napoli are offering Lovren the chance of regular football.
The Croatian fell down the pecking order at Liverpool last season, with Joe Gomez and Joel Matip preferred to partner Virgil van Dijk.
The 29-year-old Lovren started 11 Premier League games and did a decent job throughout the campaign, however, the lack of games has left Lovren considering his future, according to the report.
Napoli can offer Champions League football for the centre-back while AC Milan will participate in the Europa League next season.
Milan News (h/t Daily Star) adds that Lovren’s representatives were in Milan to discuss a possible move to the San Siro. The report claims that Lovren is interested in playing for the Milan giants and a deal worth £25m is being discussed.
Klopp would have to enter the market to replace Lovren
Lovren has been a quality member of the side and has always given it his all. Should he decide to leave for regular football, we have to sign a replacement. Liverpool had some defensive headaches, with fractures for Matip and Gomez last season, while Lovren also suffered a few injuries.
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The Reds cannot go into the season with only three senior centre-backs, and it will be interesting to see what actions are taken regarding Lovren in the summer.
Dutch giants set £30m price-tag for 26-year-old sensation amidst Liverpool interest
Liverpool FC transfer news: Ajax want £30m for Hakim Ziyech amidst Liverpool interest
The Moroccan international was one of their best performers in an incredible campaign as they reached the Champions League semi-final.
Serie A side AS Roma have already bid for the 26-year-old while there is interest in Ziyech from Germany and Spain (h/t Mirror).
Marc Overmars, Ajax’s director of football, added that Ziyech would leave in the summer, but the report claims that the Moroccan isn’t keen on any of the bids that the Dutch giants have received.
The 26-year-old scored 19 goals and provided 16 assists for Ajax last season. Ziyech can play in several positions but his best performances came when he was deployed as a winger.
Liverpool could do with a versatile attacker
Ajax’s asking price isn’t too high given the performances of Ziyech last season, and he would make an excellent signing for the Reds. The Moroccan can provide cover for several positions and can take up the role of an attacking midfielder under Jurgen Klopp.
Liverpool have a great team at the moment and a few quality additions could improve us further.
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Ziyech would not be a starter for the Reds, but he could be a game-changer off the bench in some of the tighter clashes.
“Enjoy your break”, “We love you”: Several Liverpool fans shower praises on star man after a touchy end of season message
Latest Liverpool news: Virgil van Dijk posts incredible message as he plans for next season
Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk capped off a brilliant season by winning the Champions League. The Dutch superstar did suffer heartbreak in the competition last season as we were beaten by Real Madrid.
The Reds were excellent in the Premier League too but missed out on the title by one point. Van Dijk was in the middle of all good things for the Reds as he helped us to the best defensive record in the league.
The 27-year-old also led the Netherlands to the Nations League final but lost to Portugal. Van Dijk posted an emotional message regarding the season where he claimed that winning the Champions League was a dream.
The Liverpool centre-back added that he is looking forward to more success with club and country, and thanked the fans for their support.
— Virgil van Dijk (@VirgilvDijk) June 14, 2019
Van Dijk turns Liverpool around
The Dutch defender has been one of the best signings we have made in the Premier League era. His presence at the back has transformed our defence and the defender barely seems ruffled when the opposition attack.
Liverpool did not have a great defence during the first two years of Jurgen Klopp’s tenure but Van Dijk has made us incredibly difficult to break down.
The Dutchman doesn’t make mistakes at the back too, and he should be set for several great years at Anfield. As the defender goes away on a break, many Liverpool fans shared their love for the 27-year-old on Twitter.
Love you Virg❤️🔴
Take a long break, you deserve it.
My centre back pic.twitter.com/4nlV69YeAF
— Owen🇩🇪🇨🇦 (@LFCOwen96) June 14, 2019
— Bruna (@brunalfc) June 14, 2019
— 🌸Debbie van Dijk🌸 (@RedDeb04) June 14, 2019
— Champions of Europe (@LFCEuroRoyalty) June 14, 2019
— Kasia (@LFCKasia) June 14, 2019
We love you king pic.twitter.com/PsJzSOaCQs
— Upxsh (@Virgilxnte) June 14, 2019
Top man, enjoy your break.
— Andrew Beasley (@BassTunedToRed) June 14, 2019
— Jürgen Meister🇩🇪 (@SS_LFC) June 14, 2019
So glad to have such an incredible player like you who truly loves this club. Thank you for making our dreams possible!
— 6 TIMES🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 (@CalvesLikeShaq) June 14, 2019
Have a great break Virgil! pic.twitter.com/Nvv7SOA3GD
— AB1🇧🇷 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (@Ftbl_Becker) June 14, 2019
please never leave my life
— 6 (@rayandeuxfois) June 14, 2019