Mario Balotelli questions tactics at Liverpool as he returns to AC Milan

Mario Balotelli claims Liverpool's system prevented him from showing his best at Anfield.

Following the completion of his loan move to AC Milan, Mario Balotelli claims the tactics deployed by Liverpool were partly to blame for his struggles at Anfield.

A £16million signing towards the end of last summer, the Italian proved a major flop on his return to the Premier League, scoring just a single league goal in 16 league appearances.

He quickly fell out of favour, and after being left out of the clubs' pre-season tour, Brendan Rodgers made it clear to him that he no longer had a future at the club, forcing him to train away from the rest of the squad throughout the summer period.

Upon completing his return to Milan, the Italian international has suggested that Reds manager Rodgers should be held accountable for his failure at the club, claiming the Northern Irishman’s system didn't suit his style of play.

"I must accept my faults, but the formation chosen by [manager Brendan] Rodgers was not suited to my characteristics," he said, according to the Daily Star.

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

He returns to Italy under strict regulations, with reports suggesting that Milan have added bizarre clauses in his contract to limit his peculiar lifestyle, including extravagant hairstyles - as reported by The Guardian.

Whether he can get his career back on track remains to be seen, but one suspects that, despite his protests, he will never grow out of old habits.

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