Liverpool – Balotelli will not return to Italy in January

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Liverpool’s Premier League campaign hasn’t exactly gone to plan so far. The Reds lie in 12th in the Premier League with just 14 points from their opening 12 matches. Daniel Sturridge has also been ruled out until the New Year meaning Liverpool have lacked goals in 2014/15.

Mario Balotelli was signed by Brendan Rodgers for £16m towards the end of the summer transfer window and was told by his agent Mino Raiola he must impressive at Anfield because this could be his last big move otherwise. Since then Mario Balotelli has had criticism from fans, pundits and journalists for his lack of running and lack of goals. Balotelli has scored just twice on his return to the Uk, none of them coming in the Premier League leaving his tally at 9 played, none netted.

Balotelli is now injured after he picked up a hamstring knock whilst representing Italy. This meant he watched Tony Bellew beat Nathan Cleverly in the boxing Saturday night instead of seeing Liverpool lose 3-1 to Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon. As Roberto Mancini has now returned as Inter Milan boss, rumours have began circulating that Balotelli could return to Italy in January for a cut-price deal.

Balotelli won 3 Serie A titles with Inter Milan but his agent, Mino Raiola, has been clear a return is not on the cards. He said (in quotes carried by the Daily Mail): “A return to Inter is impossible. Not for Mancini, but for other reasons of which it isn’t worth talking about. Even Naples. Mario does not return in Italy. He lacks the goals, doesn’t run well but it is a time that must pass. He now has this injury and we hope to have it resolved as soon as possible. The relationship with the team? It is perfect, the English journalists must not be part of his life.”

Balotelli shot to fame at Inter Milan and is known to have a father/son relationship with Roberto Mancini. The 33 capped Italian has also played for Manchester City and AC Milan where he has had mixed spells but perhaps Liverpool have been the worst in terms of goals.

Liverpool fans, do you want to see Mario Balotelli leave Anfield?