Photo: Liverpool loanee Mario Balotelli on AC Milan bench

The Italy international was an unused substitute in the Rossoneri’s 2-1 victory over Empoli yesterday.

Mario Balotelli will face a struggle to find regular first-team football at loan club AC Milan, with the Liverpool loanee left on the bench in yesterday’s 2-1 victory over Empoli.

The Italy international had a tough time of it upon his return to English football, scoring only once in the Premier League for the Reds over the space of a disappointing campaign.

With the Anfield outfit bringing the likes of Christian Benteke and Danny Ings to the Merseyside club over the summer, it became painstakingly clear that Balotelli’s immediate future was not at Liverpool.

Although he has returned to AC Milan on loan, he faces a tough task in guaranteeing himself a regular starting berth.

Both Carlos Bacca and Luiz Adriano have been added to the Rossoneri’s squad over the off-season and started as a strike pairing yesterday at the San Siro.

With both centre forwards getting a goal apiece in the victory, which gave the club their first win of the new campaign.

Balotelli will have to usurp one of the starting forwards to gain a place in the team, with the early indications looking like Sinisa Mihaljovic will keep Bacca and Adriano together.

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