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'Childish Balotelli Would Score Own Goals In Training'

A former Liverpool striker has revealed how disruptive Mario Balotelli used to be in training during his short stint on Merseyside.

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Balotelli made a surprise switch to Liverpool in 2014 to essentially replace Luis Suarez, who had left to join LaLiga giants Barcelona.

The Italian scored only four goals in 28 appearances for the Premier League giants before he left on a free transfer two years later, but former Reds striker Ricky Lambert was surprised by his strike partner's antics in training.

"He was a good lad, childish but infectious. But as soon as he stepped on the training pitch, he became a different person," the Englishman told the Straight From The Off podcast.

"I've never seen anything like it, to be honest. I was at the pinnacle of my time as a professional, so to come across him was just…

"At first, he gave everything when he played. But in training, I could tell he wasn't giving his all. He was answering Brendan (Rodgers, then-Liverpool manager) back and my head went with that.

"The fact that he was playing in front of me didn't bother me at first, I thought 'I'll get myself in', but just seeing the way he was in training, and then he was playing, it did affect me a little bit.

"My head went with him in training, and I had to go in and say to Brendan, 'Don't put me on his team again'. I think Stevie (Gerrard, then-Liverpool captain) had said the same.

"His head would just go. If it wasn't going his way, he would just ruin the session basically. He'd kick the ball away, score an own goal.

"I was speaking to Joe Hart and the lads at England, and they were like, 'He was like that at City'. I'd ask them: 'How did he get away with it?' They just shook their heads."

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