Liverpool flop set for Anfield return as miserable campaign continues

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According to reports in Italy, Mario Balotelli looks set to return to Liverpool at the end of his loan stay at AC Milan this season.

Calcio Mercato report that the 26-year-old has failed to live up to expectations at the San Siro, and will be sent back to Liverpool at the end of his loan spell, with Milan opting not to take up their option to buy the player.

It is understood that the 26-year-old made promises to Milan coach Sinisa Mihajlovic about working hard and making sacrifices during his temporary spell with the Rossoneri, but to date, the attacker has largely failed to live up to expectations.

Admittedly, the forward has had concerns with an injury—notably a sports hernia which kept him sidelined for several weeks—but it appears that his miserable campaign is due to more than just fitness concerns.

Indeed, the international has scored just twice this season and hasn’t done enough to convince Milan to pay the €7-8 million required by the Reds in order to make the move permanent.

It’s hard to see where the Bad Boy of Italian Football goes from here, as while he has clearly enjoyed a fond relationship with Milan in the past, there are unlikely to be too many major clubs willing to take a punt on a player who brings more baggage than he’s worth

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