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Liverpool boss Klopp admits: ‘We need a solution’ for Balotelli

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted that Mario Balotelli could be sold this summer.

The Italian striker has struggled at Anfield since he made the move from AC Milan in 2014, and was subsequently sent back to the San Siro on a season-long loan deal last summer.

Balotelli has reported to Melwood for pre-season training but it appears as though Klopp is trying to find a club for the 25-year-old as the Reds already have a full roster of attackers ahead of the 2016/17 season.

"With a lot of players it is not the moment to talk of transfers as it could kill all talks by saying someone was 70 per cent to sign him or whatever," said the German.

"But I can talk of Mario because that one is obvious and I have spoken to him about this.

"He's not at the stage of his career where he should be battling with four or five other players for one or two positions.

"We want him to become the player he was before his injury and the talent is still there, there's no doubt about it.

"When we have done the crossing, heading and stuff in training, he has 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."

The former Inter Milan and Manchester City star has genuine interest from Serie A clubs Crotone and Sampdoria and Klopp has revealed that he is attempting to get the forward as fit as possible in a bid to land him a suitable summer move.

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

"And there will be a club around who would be happy to have 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."

Andrew Slevison
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