UNITED KINGDOM, July 2 – Mario Balotelli said two months ago that he did not want to return to Liverpool but on Saturday the striker was back with his team-mates at Melwood training ahead of next season.
The Italy international spent last season on loan at AC Milan but the club decided against purchasing him permanently, as Balotelli scored just once in 20 appearances in Serie A.
Dejan Lovren was glad to see him, though, as the defender hugged the striker on his return to Merseyside.
Liverpool paid £16m for Balotelli in August 2014 but in his single season at Anfield scored four goals in 28 matches, with only one in the Premier League.
Jurgen Klopp is still keen to offload the Italian striker and was also at the training session, joking around with his coaching staff.
It was in April when Balotelli said: “When it comes to my future I want to stay with Milan because I wasn’t happy at Liverpool and I don’t want to return there. And plus, Milan has the money.
“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.”
There were also reports that Balotelli met with Monaco’s president, Dmitry Rybolovlev, amid a transfer to Ligue 1.
Balotelli’s return to Liverpool comes as he also said he thinks it is only a matter of time until he wins the Ballon d’Or award.
“I have not done enough in recent years. I can do much better. But it takes time,’ Balotelli told Corriere della Sera.
“On a scale of one to 10, I have only reached five. But I will get to 10 eventually, because that is my goal.
“I want to win the Ballon d’Or. Although I realise I got stuck at five out of 10 in the last two years when my goal was to get closer to 10. I know people will laugh when I say I want the Ballon d’Or.
“I have not done everything needed to become the best.
“But the most important thing is that I have realised my mistakes and it is not too late yet. I don’t want to reach the end of my career thinking that I have not done everything to become the best.”
-By Daily Mail-