Mario Balotelli praised by agent for better behaviour

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Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has received plenty of criticism, abuse and grief from pundits and fans alike.

Praise has come at a bare minimum for the 24-year-old since his move from AC Milan in the summer. So the comments from his agent, Mino Raiola will be welcomed with open arms.

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Raiola, speaking to an Italian radio station said: "We no longer have to speak about his private life, and that's a big improvement." - well, we didn't say it was huge praise!

Balotelli has only scored two goals since his arrival from Milan and neither were in the Premier League. He is part of a Liverpool side that are themselves not performing to their capabilities.

Liverpool's results have improved slightly of late and confidence is slowly creeping back. With Balotelli working his way back to full fitness, Raiola sees this as the the Italy international's form will also improve.

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"Balotelli was out for almost 10 weeks with injury, you can't judge him until he's at 100 per cent," he added.

"Balotelli is quiet and is working his way back to the top, I don't regret the transfer or Mario leaving Milan.

"Was it a mistake for Mario to leave Milan? Decisions have to be judged at the time they're taken, in the summer it was right to leave Milan, and we'd do it again."

Will he improve?

"It's not easy to go abroad and immediately fit into a different environment, but I'm not worried."

Balotelli has been linked with a move away from Anfield with Juventus and Napoli potential suitors for the striker. 

A move is looking unlikely and Raiola's comments justify that. It will be interesting to see if Liverpool's recent good run and the impending return of Daniel Sturridge will see an upturn in Balotelli's fortunes. 

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