Mario Balotelli will return to his parent club Liverpool once his season-long loan spell with Milan ends, according to Italian outlet Calciomercato and British tabloid the Mirror.
After scoring a single goal in 16 Premier League outings in his first season, the Italian striker moved to Milan, where he was expected to rediscover his form in his return to Serie A. However, his progress has curtailed thanks to two long-term injuries, despite his two goals in three competitive games for the Rossoneri.
The San Siro club have apparently passed up the prospect of signing the Liverpool striker permanently for a subsidized price of about £5.5million thanks to his appalling work ethic and poor conversion rate. To think he was touted to emulate the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo only a few seasons ago.
Jurgen Klopp has failed to turn things around at the Merseyside club but can embark on a revolution next year. However, he ostensibly cannot complete a full roster overhaul and has to work with a few mediocre signings Brendan Rodgers had made.
Christian Benteke has failed to be a threatening presence upfront and who the German manager sacrifices in the summer will be interesting. Odds are that he may have plans for the former Manchester City striker next season as Daniel Sturridge comes across as an unreliable talent.
While enquired about the potential return of the 25-year-old marksman, the Liverpool manager denied commenting. “At this time I don’t have time to think about next summer,” he said. “I am just thinking about what we can change in this moment.”
Liverpool face West Ham United in their fourth round Football Association Cup tie. The Capital One Cup finalists may be expected to take the game by the scruff of the neck, as their Champions League hopes are almost dead.