Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli cast adrift in tragicomedy of his own making | Daniel Taylor

The striker has kept all his ability hidden away for so long it isn’t easy to be sure even he knows where it is stored these days. Liverpool say he can move on but no one is coming up with the money

Eventually, the time comes when Mario Balotelli has spent so long living in his own private universe we have probably reached the stage where it is pointless wondering when, or if, he will be ready to fit into a reasonably hinged working environment.

It isn’t going to happen, plainly. Nobody is waiting any longer and though there is always something profoundly sad and unsatisfactory about the misuse of talent the disappointment in this case is tempered by the fact we have had a decent amount of time to get used to the idea.

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