VIDEO: Balotelli scores stunning free kick in Liverpool training - back to his best?

The Reds striker found the top corner with a beautiful strike.

Since moving to Merseyside for a fee of £16 million this summer, a close-range finish against Ludogorets in the Champions League is all Mario Balotelli really has to show for himself at Liverpool.

The Italy striker has endured a hit and miss few games during his first few weeks at Anfield and genuine intrigue surrounds how Brendan Rodgers plans to get the best out of him.

But things may be on the up if training is anything to go by. Indeed, the above video shows Balotelli delivering a stunning free kick right into the top corner with a strike that would beat any goalkeeper in the world.

It was the Balotelli we all know from a past life, as the 23-year-old went for power and somehow got accuracy too.

Last week, Fabio Borini scored a screamer in training but couldn't quite reproduce that form in the matches that followed.

Liverpool fans will be hoping for more from their main man this weekend, especially as Daniel Sturridge may not yet be fit enough to start for Rodgers' side.

There is no need to emphasise the importance of Saturday lunchtime's Merseyside derby against Everton, of course, but it will be the first of its kind for Balotelli. The Italian's performances for Manchester City during Manchester derbies over the years may provide further encouragement for Reds fans, however...

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