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Mario Balotelli Will Report to Liverpool Training Despite Imminent Exit

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When the Premier League season begins on August 13, striker Mario Balotelli will not be a Liverpool player.

At least that's been the plan ever since it became clear he would not fit in an attacking system under Jürgen Klopp, who has an array of other forwards to choose from.

But this weekend, Balotelli will be at Melwood for the start of the club's preseason training, according to ESPN FC.

He'll be subjected to the same triple workout sessions as his teammates, only without an incentive to play for a place in the team -- he's said he wants out and Liverpool haven't indicated that he's part of their long-term plans.

It's an odd position for the former top prospect, whose immense natural talent has not translated to the stardom many projected. His move to Anfield was ill advised, but the extent of his fall from grace has been unexpected for someone who scored 55 goals for Inter Milan and Manchester City before turning 22.

Very little movement toward a summer transfer away from Liverpool has taken place after reports of interest from Turkey and the Chinese Super League failed to turn into a deal, and it's unclear whether any negotiations are currently ongoing.

Still, it seems only a matter of time before Liverpool find a suitor willing to bet on his skill level, even if the proposed transfer fee is less than they had hoped.

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