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Balotelli could wear Liverpool colours next season.

Mario Balotelli could stay at Liverpool after AC Milan stint, reveals agent

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As Liverpool fans reflect on yet another away defeat, this time at the hands of West Ham, here is some more food for thought: Mario Balotelli could return to Anfield next season once his loan spell at AC Milan expires.

According to the Mirror, the Italian's agent, Mino Raiola, said he will sit down with Reds manager Jurgen Klopp in a bid to secure his client another opportunity at the club.

"For sure. That is part of my job, to speak to all the managers," he began. "I know Klopp from (representing) Mkhitaryan at Dortmund.

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"If we talk about the quality and the talent Mario has, that is without question.

"Then you also need a manager that believes in you and gives you the chance to prove yourself. We will talk to him when it is time to talk to him.

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"Whether Klopp has a plan for him or not - I don't know, I haven't spoken to him about this or to Liverpool. I think it is too soon.

"Obviously if Mario does what he has to do, there is maybe another view on him also."

Raiola also confirmed that Ballotelli had no choice but to leave under Brendan Rodgers, saying there was "no possibility to develop any more," but admitted he didn't perform as he should on Merseyside.

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The former Manchester City striker made 28 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions last season, scoring four goals; 16 of those appearances came in the Premier League, during which he scored just once.

Balotelli was loaned out to Milan before the start of the 2015/16 season and since made four appearances, scoring one goal and sustaining a groin injury which has kept him out for the past three months.

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While there will be doubt surrounding the Italian's return, the truth of the matter is the Reds boast limited forward options at present, with the jury still out over Christian Benteke, Daniel Sturridge forever plagued with injuries and Danny Ings out for the foreseeable future.

So whilst Balotelli's first stint at Anfield didn't quite go to plan, a change of manager could be just what he needs to start firing.

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