AC Milan's Mario Balotelli in action against Liverpool during the International Champions Cup Group B match at the Bank of America Stadium on day thirteen of the club's USA Tour. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Mario Balotelli: I was not happy at Liverpool and do not want to return

Liverpool outcast Mario Balotelli says he has no intention of returning to Anfield when his loan spell at AC Milan comes to an end this summer.

The 25-year-old has spent 2015/16 with the Rossoneri, having been deemed surplus to requirements by former Reds boss Brendan Rodgers.

He endured a dreadful first season as a Liverpool player, scoring just four goals in 28 sub-standard appearances, but there have been some who have claimed he may be given a chance to shine under Jurgen Klopp.

That opinion has been quashed by Balotelli, however, who says his future lies away from Liverpool – preferably in Milan.

“What I want is certainly to stay at Milan,” he told Mediaset Premium.

“I was not happy at Liverpool and I do not want to go back there.

“I’ve been doing well in my last two games, there are another six for me to prove myself.

“I feel in good shape physically at last and am relaxed. Besides, Milan have the money!”

The Italian’s career has continued to stall since being loaned out last summer, and he has scored just once for Milan in 16 Serie A matches.

Despite having a huge amount of natural talent, his questionable attitude and lack of consistency will forever be his downfall.

His style of play was never going to be suited to Klopp’s preference for all-action football, and a return to Merseyside ahead of next season feels almost impossible.

With plenty of options in attack, and new faces likely to arrive as well, Liverpool don’t remotely need him.

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