Photos: Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli reports for pre-season training

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been linked with a move to Premier League rivals Newcastle United this summer.

The Liverpool players have been training today, as they continue their preparations for the 2015-16 campaign.

Among the players attending today's session was Mario Balotelli, who joined the Reds from Italian giants AC Milan in the summer of 2014.

The Italy international missed the start of pre-season training after being granted compassionate leave after a family bereavement, according to BBC Sport.

Balotelli has now returned for pre-season training and looked intense during today’s session, as shown in the photos above and below.

The former Inter Milan striker struggled to make any significant impact at Anfield last season, scoring just one goal and creating seven chances in 16 Premier League appearances.

The 24-year-old had a pass accuracy of 70% and a shot accuracy of 56%, and won eight headers, 11 dribbles and 11 tackles.

Former Manchester City striker Balotelli has been linked with a move away from Liverpool this summer, with The Daily Star claiming earlier this month that Newcastle United are interested in his services.

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