Balotelli was a panic buy says Liverpool legend.

Jamie Carragher says he would be surprised if Mario Balotelli was still at Anfield next season.

The 24-year-old striker was replaced by Adam Lallana at half-time of the Reds' 3-0 defeat to Los Blancos after struggling to test Real Madrid`s defence.

Balotelli, who has been heavily criticised for below-par performances, has scored only one goal in 10 appearances for Liverpool since his £16m move from AC Milan in the summer.

And Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher thinks the Italian striker Balotelli was a “panic buy” due to the Reds wanting to lose Fabio Borini at the time, who eventually remained at the Club.

“I can't change the way I feel about Balotelli, and that is nothing to do with what he’s done in a Liverpool shirt,” Carragher said. “It’s what he’s done at Manchester City and AC Milan.

“Do I think he’s going to be here long-term? No, I’d be surprised to see him here next season if I’m being honest.”

Carragher continued: “It was a panic (buy). They were on the verge of selling Borini to Sunderland and they were going to go into the season with Rickie Lambert really. Daniel Sturridge is there but he’s got massive injury problems – he always has and he always will.

“We needed someone. Who was available? Who knows who Brendan Rodgers and his scouting staff went for but they left it too late.

“A lot of players have come in, they're doing a decent job here and there but none of them have really done anything. They bring Balotelli in late on, they think they get can something out of him for £16m. It’s obviously a panic.”


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