James Yorke for Statsbomb:
Mario Balotelli is a player that divides opinion. Some see him as surly, self-interested and wasteful whilst others are less positive. To me he represents some of what makes football entertaining and despite a litany of craziness that embodied his younger days, there is a fair chance that he is embarking upon the peak years of his career with a subtle change in his attitude. The tabloid headlines have become less frequent, there is greater consistency in his hairstyle and maybe, Super Mario has grown up.
Sadly for him, he’s coming off the most underwhelming season of his career. Never entrusted with a regular starting spot by Brendan Rodgers, he played bit and bobs minutes all year and only registered one league goal. So what happened last season? He’s not suddenly a bad player, is he?