Liverpool round-up: Mario Balotelli could yet make Anfield return - agent

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Welcome to the latest round-up focusing solely on all matters that should be of importance to you. Team news, transfer bombs and injury updates; if they’re there to be found, we’ll find them.

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Balotelli's future discussed

Mario Balotelli’s Liverpool career might seem as though it’s dead and buried, but his agent has hinted that there may be life in the Anfield dream yet.

Balotelli is currently on loan with AC Milan and his chief representative, Mino Raiola, has confirmed that he has yet to talk with Jurgen Klopp about his future on Merseyside.

At the same time, though, Raiola did hint that if his client could perform well he might be given another shot.

"Whether Klopp has a plan for him or not - I don't know, I haven't spoken to him about this or to Liverpool," Raiola said.

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

"He had to go away because with Brendan [Rodgers] there was no possibility to develop any more. There was a preconception towards Mario and I think from his private part of life he has proven them wrong.

"But we have to be realistic. He didn't perform well in 2015 and 2016 needs to be his year. That is his challenge."

Given the form of Christian Benteke, that’s a serious possibility at the moment. Let us know what you think in the comments box.

Klopp on Liverpool weakness

Moving on, Klopp himself has outlined his side’s weaknesses ahead of their clash with Stoke City.

The German conceded the Reds have an issue with crosses, stating that balls in the air were a problem. He also said the difficulty hadn’t been solved yet - not what you want to hear before you play Stoke.

Sturridge injury update

Lastly, Klopp also made a statement on the fitness of Daniel Sturridge; unfortunately, the England international is still yet to make his return to the fray.

The former Chelsea man hasn’t played for the Reds since a defeat to Newcastle at the beginning of December.

Klopp confirmed the striker would be given more time to recover from his problems before being eligible once more for the squad pool.

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