Jul 14, 2016

    Balotelli, look elsewhere for work: Klopp


    MANAGER Juergen Klopp has told Mario Balotelli that with so much competition for places up front at Liverpool, he should look for another club.

    He has returned for pre-season training following an unsuccessful loan spell at AC Milan but is well down the pecking order at Anfield. The club also have Daniel Sturridge, Christian Benteke, Divock Origi and Danny Ings on the books.

    "I have spoken to him about this," the manager told reporters.

    "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... so it's clear we need a solution.

    Sampdoria have expressed their interest in the player, with president Massimo Ferrero saying they would be the perfect club for him to revive his career after scoring just three goals in 23 appearances for Milan last season.

    Another player who is unlikely to be lining up for Liverpool for their Premier League opener against Arsenal on Aug 14 is defender Mamadou Sakho, who underwent treatment for a long-standing Achilles problem.

    The France international has not played since April after being informed by European football's governing body that he had failed a doping test.

    Uefa dismissed the case against the 26-year-old last week but Sakho missed Liverpool's Europa League final defeat by Sevilla in May.

    He was dropped from France's squad for the European Championship as a result of the charge.

    "Mama is injured.

    "He had a little issue with his Achilles when he was playing, one day on, one off, this kind of thing," Klopp said.

    "When he had his little 'break', he used the time to have a little bit of treatment and that now means another three or four weeks before he can train again."

    Klopp did not want to get drawn into whether the matter was now closed.

    "I cannot say too much as a manager," he added.

    "I don't know exactly what will happen now from Mama's side or Uefa's side.

    "Others have to talk about this because I don't know what I am allowed or able to say."