Klopp: Mario must leave Liverpool


Following an unsuccesful loan spell at AC Milan, Balotelli has returned for pre-season training at Anfield but is deemed to be surplus to requirements by Klopp.

Balotelli appears to be behind the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi in the pecking order and Klopp does not see a future for him at the Reds.

"Since he has been back here, he's been a good guy and I can't say anything different than that," said Klopp.

"Everything's been good, it's all okay. And now he's here, we will do everything we can to get him fit."

Balotelli joined Liverpool from Milan in 2014 but a dismal showing in which he only scored one Premier League goal meant he went back on loan to the Italians the following season.

He was then plagued by a groin injury that kept him out for long spells and managed a solitary goal in Serie A last term.

"We want Mario to become the player he was before his injury. The talent is still there - no doubt about it," Klopp continued.

"When we have done the crossing, heading and stuff, he's been world class. But this is not a situation where he should be battling with other players like this for one position so it's clear we need a solution.

"There will be a club around who would be happy to have a new Mario Balotelli, if you like. I have spoken clearly to the player about that.

"It's now time to make decisions and I try to help Mario to get in the best shape he can be in and we will see what happens."