We round up how the loaned members of Jurgen Klopp’s squad fared for their temporary clubs throughout the last week, with a good amount of action.
Mario Balotelli kicked off a week of positive action by netting the match-winner for AC Milan in their 1-0 Coppa Italia semi-final first leg victory over Alessandria on Tuesday.
The Italy striker played 72 minutes of the tie and he stepped up in typical nerveless fashion to score the winner with a penalty – slotting calmly into the bottom left corner sending the ‘keeper the wrong way to give his side a first leg advantage ahead of Tuesday’s return fixture.
Despite his match-winning display, Balotelli dropped back to the bench for the Milan derby with city rivals Inter on Sunday night at an atmospheric San Siro.
The 25-year-old did come on for the final 13 minutes of Milan’s comprehensive 3-0 win with his side already three goals up, but in typical Balotelli style he was straight into the action, picking up a quick booking before almost adding a fourth with a cushioned volley that was well saved.
Playing 68 minutes of a 10-2 thrashing of Zarja, the Serbian started the scoring netting the first with a header, before then registering an assist and almost adding a stunning second with a sensational 35-yard strike that cannoned back off the crossbar.
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