Klopp seeking Balotelli solution

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has praised Mario Balotelli's commitment in pre-season training, but hinted at the striker departing the club ahead of the new season.

Klopp is happy with the 25-year-old's efforts in training thus far, but was quick to point out that the player's prospects of breaking into the first team at Anfield had not improved.

And the German mentor says he has already discussed the matter with Balotelli, highlighting the fact that he would prefer to see the Italy international join a club where he can expect to play regularly.

"I have spoken to him about this," Klopp told the Telegraph. "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.

"We want him to become the player he was before his injury – the talent is still there, there's no doubt about it. When we have done the crossing, heading and stuff he's been world class.

"But this is not a situation where he should be battling with other players like this for one position, so it's clear we need a solution.

"There will be a club around who would be happy to have the new Mario Balotelli. I have spoken clearly to the player about that.

"In this case it's obvious. It's now time to make decisions and I try to help Mario to get in the best shape he can be in and we will see what happens."

Balotelli spent last season on loan at AC Milan, scoring once in 20 Serie A appearances. He is currently a transfer target for Turkish giants Besiktas, according to his agent, Mino Raiola.