Balotelli explains why things didn’t work out at Liverpool

The Italy international moved to AC Milan on loan this week and has been speaking about why he struggled to adapt to life at Liverpool.

Mario Balotelli has offered up a frank assessment of his time in the Premier League with Liverpool to Gazzetta World, following the completion of his loan switch to AC Milan.

The 25-year-old has moved to the Rossoneri on a season-long deal, having previously spent two seasons with the Diavolo prior to his spell with the Reds.

Balotelli endured a nightmare with the Merseysiders last season, scoring just four goals from 28 appearances for the club.

His Premier League form was particularly concerning, with the Italian managing a single goal from 16 games in the English top-flight.

That single goal came in a memorable 3-2 victory over top four rivals Tottenham and though that result was a notable high point in an otherwise difficult season for Liverpool, Balotelli is unlikely to be remembered fondly.

Criticised for a perceived lack of effort on the pitch, the forward’s demeanour away from the game was similarly uninspiring.

So, having arrived at Milan ahead of the second round of games in Serie A, the striker has decided to set the record straight on his time at Liverpool.

Speaking in an interview with Gazzetta World, Balotelli attempted to address just why things had gone so badly with the Reds:

“I must accept my faults, but the formation chosen by [manager Brendan] Rodgers was not suited to my characteristics. At the beginning I missed several easy chances, then I had fewer chances to score, a bit of bad luck, injuries. A mess of things.

“But I never complained, I accepted the decisions of the manager and I always behaved like a professional.

“The professional Mario didn’t just land here in Milanello, even at Liverpool my behaviour and lifestyle were normal. Over the last year there was never a problem with my private life.

“I may have put pictures from restaurants on Instagram, but that does not mean I did not train even though I was not playing.”

Balotelli has, in part, moved to AC Milan in a bid to force his way back into Antonio Conte’s plans for the Italy national team.

The 25-year-old has not been selected for the Azzurri since the 2014 World Cup, where Italy were eliminated in the group stage alongside England.

With Conte’s new look side on course to qualify for the European Championships in France next summer, Balotelli will know that a good season in Serie A could be enough to earn a recall.

The forward has scored 13 goals in 33 games for the Azzurri to date and was on target in Italy’s 2-1 win over England in Brazil back in the summer of 2014.

Balotelli will be confident of regaining his form with Milan, however, having thrived during his previous two-season stay at the club.

Signed by the Rossoneri back in January 2013, the forward scored 30 goals in 54 games for the Diavolo despite the team, as a whole, struggling for form.

Now back with the club and working under highly-rated former Sampdoria coach Sinisa Mihaljovic, Balotelli will be aiming to silence the doubters.

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