Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli 1 Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli may be only ten games into his Anfield career but that has not stopped fans and pundits alike proclaiming the Italian is not good enough for the club.Back in August the £16million purchase was seen by many as a bargain price for a player who has won the Premier League and Champions League, but it appears the deal has already gone sour for many former Reds stars.Balotelli failed to fire again in the 3-0 defeat to Real Madrid which resulted in him being subbed at half-time and he then made matters worse by swapping shirts with defender Pepe as they entered the tunnel.Everyone has an opinion on the controversial striker, so talkSPORT’s Expert Eye takes a look at what former Liverpool stars had to say about the struggling Italian star.“I’d be surprised to see him here next season. It was just a panic [buy]; they needed someone. They left it too late and they’ve bought different players in different positions instead of maybe going out, not spending the whole Suarez money on one player, but buying two or three big players.”– Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher claims Balotelli will be sold by next season.“I don’t blame Mario Balotelli – I blame Brendan Rodgers for bringing him here. How he thought he could turn around a player that [Jose] Mourinho, [Roberto] Mancini, [Cesare] Prandelli have all washed their hands of… There’s a reason when you go to the supermarket and things are half price. Why on earth they went for him, I’ll never know. They should have just left him alone. The fact he went and got him, it just doesn’t make any sense to me.”– Former Reds midfielder Jame Redknapp questions the “calculated risk” Brendan Rodgers took on the striker.“He still has a future at Liverpool. The fans are some of the most patient, but he has to realise he’s playing at Liverpool Football Club, not just any other club.”– Liverpool hero Ian Rush tells talkSPORT the striker will stay at Anfield.“I don’t know whether he has any brain to make the right decision. You never watch Mario Balotelli and think ‘Wow, he’s put a real stint in’. There has to be something more than ‘I just can’t be bothered to run around’.”– Ex-Liverpool manager and player Graeme Souness questions Balotelli’s attributes.“I’d still start Balotelli at the weekend. I’m not a big fan of his but he has more class than most. Harsh to put all the blame on him.”– Former Kop star Michael Owen claims Liverpool’s troubles are not all the Italian’s fault.
Remember him?Gareth Bale returned to haunt his former side by helping Real Madrid down Tottenham in the Audi Cup.The Welsh winger, and world’s most expensive player, struck an impressive second for the Spanish giants as they prevailed 2-0 over Mauricio Pochettino’s young Spurs side in Munich.James Rodriguez opened the scoring just after the half hour mark by glancing in a header from Jese’s cross, before Bale clinched victory with a powerful 20-yard strike.It wasn’t all doom and gloom for Spurs though, as young midfielder Dele Alli shone in midfield against the likes of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.AC Milan and Bayern Munich are competing in the other semi-final of the pre-season tournament, with Bale’s Madrid awaiting the winners in the final.