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Mario Balotelli scores three minutes into AC Milan debut

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It did not take long for Liverpool loanee Mario Balotelli to score his first goal back in an AC Milan shirt, but it was in a friendly.

The Italian forward scored a stunning strike three minutes into his debut against lowly side Mantova.

The Italian forward left Anfield after just 12 months, that saw him score one league goal in just 16 appearances for the Reds. 

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The 25-year-old is looking to get his career back on track at the San Siro and will be hoping to recreate the form that saw him score 30 goals in 54 appearances for the Rossoneri before his move to Liverpool.

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The former Manchester City man got off to a good start, curling the ball into the bottom corner after just three minutes, before providing an assist in the 3-2 win. 

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But it is not the first time we have seen the striker score a stunning goal in a meaningless friendly. 

During his time at Anfield Balotelli scored a similar goal in a Liverpool all-stars game and many fans believed that could be the catalyst for better things on Merseyside.

However that never materialised and he only made three more appearances for the Reds, as he became a peripheral figure under Brendan Rodgers.

Opinion on Balotelli is divided on Merseyside with some fans believing he was not given a fair run in the team by Rodgers, while other feel he was never going to be a success at the club.

His ability as a footballer has never been in doubt, it is his attitude that is the major concern. However after Balotelli blamed Rodgers' tactics for his failures at Liverpool, you have to wonder what possessed the manager to spend £16 million on him.

If you are going to sign a player like the Italian forward, surely your tactics should be based around trying to get the best out of him, not forcing the player to do something that did not come natural to him.

However that debate is now over with player and club moving on to the next chapter, but if Balotelli has a successful spell in Milan, Liverpool fans may be left thinking of what could have been.

Will Balotelli be a success at Milan? Should he have been given a second chance at Liverpool? Have your say below!

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