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Mario Balotelli gives surprising reaction to Liverpool question in interview

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Mario Balotelli is one of the most recognisable names in world football and it's not always for the right reasons.

Although his early career suggested the Italian was destined to become one of the world's great strikers, but after a couple of unsuccessful spells at some different clubs, his stock has dramatically fallen.

After scoring 20 goals in 59 league games for Inter Milan, Manchester City spent €21.8 million to bring Balotelli to the Etihad and he would boast a record of 20 goals in 54 games.

A move to AC Milan followed where his goalscoring prowess increased to 26 strikes in 43 games and he went to the 2014 World Cup as Italy's main striker.

Since then, nothing has been the same.

Balotelli has failed to make another appearance for the Azzurri and he managed a grand total of two goals in 36 appearances between spells with Liverpool and on-loan back to AC Milan.

Now he resides in France playing for Nice and his 10 goals in 16 games has been a nice return to form for the enigmatic striker. However, the scars of his spell on Merseyside clearly still haunt him.

During a wide-ranging interview with RMC, he said: "Don’t speak to me about Liverpool please."

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He did, however, shed some light on the small circle of friends he keeps and dispelled rumours that he is a hot-head.

"I have never been someone who wants to talk the whole time. When I was young, I never lost my head.

"I had a way of life, like every other young person. Me, I love my family a lot. I have very few friends, but they are my true friends.

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"There are few people who are close to me. I don’t care what people think. They only see me on the pitch for 90 minutes a week."

At 26-years-old, Balotelli can still be remembered for all the right reasons

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