Brescia striker Mario Balotelli says he “lived through some very difficult days” during his time at Premier League side Liverpool.
The controversial striker scored 30 goals in 80 matches for Manchester City before arriving at Liverpool in 2014 via a successful spell at AC Milan.
Brendan Rodgers, who was manager of the Reds at the time, brought him to Anfield in deal worth £16m.
The Italian could only score one Premier League goal for Liverpool before being shipped out on a season-long loan to Milan and eventually left Anfield for Nice the season after on a free transfer.
Balotelli told Corriere dello Sport (via Sport Witness) on his experiences in the Premier League: “Great at City, bad at Liverpool where I didn’t click with the manager. The ball just wouldn’t go in. I lived through some very difficult days”.
When asked in 2016 about Balotelli’s comments that he was the “biggest disappointment” in terms of coaches he’d worked with, Rodgers admitted their relationship was strained.
“He was probably absolutely spot on,” Rodgers told talkSPORT. “I just couldn’t really connect with Mario.
“He was one that came in very late in the window. It was a gamble taken from a club perspective.
“It was one where, he’s a big talent, he’ll come in and develop, he’s got all the tools. In all fairness, I just find it very difficult to connect with Mario.
“On the field, he tried his best. But yeah, it certainly wasn’t something that worked out as everyone would like.
“If you sit with him in the office, the guy’s a good fella, a good guy. If he could ever match that intensity with his talent, then he’d be one of the best players in the world.
“On the field, it was something that never worked out. That season was difficult for us.
“But now I hope he’s got a club that might be a final chance over in France. But hopefully it can work out for him.”