Former Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has called his decision to move to Merseyside “the worst mistake” of his life.
Balotelli, 26, left Anfield on transfer deadline day to join Ligue 1 side Nice on a free transfer. The Italian striker spent two years as part of the Liverpool setup, but was loaned out to AC Milan last season. He only managed to score one Premier League goal for Liverpool in 16 appearances during the 2014/15 season before being deemed surplus to the team by manager Jurgen Klopp.
Balotelli spoke about his move to Liverpool ahead of his debut for Nice, where he ended up scoring twice in the 3-2 win over Marseille on Sunday.
“It was the worst mistake of my life,” Balotelli said.
“Apart from the fans, who were fantastic with me, I must be honest, and the players, who I had a good rapport with, I didn’t like the club.
“I had two coaches, Brendan Rodgers and Jurgen Klopp. As people they didn’t make a good impression on me. I didn’t get along with them.”
Balotelli joined Liverpool in the summer of 2014 after scoring 26 goals in 43 Serie A appearances for AC Milan. His stint back at Milan last season was unsuccessful, as the former Italian international only managed to find the back of the net once in 20 league games. The striker signed a one-year deal with Nice on August 31.
Nice sits in second place in the Ligue 1 standings with 10 points in four matches, tied with leaders AS Monaco.