Balotelli was brought to Anfield by Klopp’s predecessor Brendan Rodgers in a deal reportedly worth £16m, but the former Manchester City striker failed to live up to expectations at the Merseyside club.
The Italian striker was once touted as one of the best strikers around but he has always failed to fulfil his undoubted potential. That, however, prompted Liverpool to ship him back on loan to AC Milan – also his former side – in the summer.
Although he is unable to recall Balotelli from the loan spell until the end of the season, Klopp has already began talks with the player’s agent Mino Raiola, according to the aforementioned source.
Klopp might think he may be able to extract the best from Balotelli as the former Borussia Dortmund manager finds himself in the midst of an injury crisis in his first month in charge of the Reds.
Balotelli, 25, bagged 13 goals for Manchester City in their title-winning 2012/13 campaign and, the Italy international provided the assist for Sergio Agüero’s famous injury-time goal against Queens Park Rangers on the final day of the season.
The Italian ace has since struggled for form, bagging just one Premier League goal in 16 appearances for Liverpool last term before being sent on loan to Milan on a temporary basis in the summer.