‘Klopp doesn’t know me, I spoke to him ONCE’ – Mario Balotelli speaks out on miserable Liverpool spell

Mario Balotelli claims he only spoke to Jurgen Klopp once during his disastrous time at Liverpool.

The striker cost the Reds £16million in 2014 but endured a nightmare first season and was loaned to AC Milan for a year.

He also failed to shine at the San Siro and returned to Merseyside ahead of this campaign bidding to win over Klopp.

But Balotelli was sidelined by Klopp and was allowed to leave on a free transfer at the end of August, joining Ligue 1 outfit Nice.

Reflecting on his relationship with the German, Balotelli told Sky Italia: “Klopp doesn’t know me, I spoke to him once, he told me to go somewhere else, work hard and then return.

“So I said goodbye to them, and that we wouldn’t be seeing each other again.”

He also claimed both Milan and Liverpool “weren’t adapted to me”, adding: “It wasn’t anyone’s fault. They weren’t ideal environments for me.

“I didn’t make mistakes in terms of my game or my behaviour, but I did get injured and that’s not something I can control.”

Balotelli has made a good impression at Nice, scoring six goals in five appearances to help the club move top of Ligue 1.

He was sent off late on against Lorient at the weekend but is set to have the red card rescinded after the referee admitted he had made a mistake.

“At the start, I chose Nice for the climate, I wanted to be in a relaxing but beautiful place, where it’s difficult to get out the wrong side of the bed,” he said.

“The other reason I chose Nice is because there’s a decent group of young players. We’re all about the same age.”

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