Mario Balotelli could make Liverpool return

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Mario Balotelli's agent Mino Raiola has confirmed that his client could make a shock return to Liverpool once his loan deal at AC Milan expires.

The Italian international is currently on a season-long loan at the San Siro from his parent club Liverpool, but Raiola has refused to rule out that his career in Merseyside is over.

Balotelli was signed by Brendan Rodgers back in the summer of 2014, but after a failed season, scoring just two goals throughout the campaign, the Northern Irishman then agreed to send him out on loan to his former club AC Milan.


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Since then however, Rodgers has lost his job at Anfield and has been replaced by former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp, who is keen to hold talks with both Raiola and Balotelli regarding the striker's future.

Raiola has admitted he will hold talks with the German in the next few weeks in order to finalise his client's future and to find out whether or not he has a future at Liverpool under the new Klopp era.

Balotelli made 16 Premier League appearances for the Reds during his one season there, netting just one goal, a late winner against Tottenham Hotspur.

Raiola has worked with Klopp before because he also represents Dortmund star Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and he believes the duo will sort out Balotelli's future as quickly as possible.

Agent Talks Future Plans

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

"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.

"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.

"He had to go away because with Brendan 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."

Liverpool paid AC Milan £16 million to sign Balotelli in the first place, but they are not expecting to see much of that money back should he leave permanently over the summer.

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