Controversial forward Mario Balotelli says he wants to return to Liverpool and described his relationship with now Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers as disastrious, Gianluca Di Marzio report.
The Italy international joined Liverpool in the summer of 2014 but soon fell out of favour at the club, spending months of the season on the side-lines before returning to his former club Milan on loan.
Now, Balotelli is set to return to Anfield after Milan opted against making his switch permanent, and the former Manchester City man says he wishes to remain at Anflield under the guidance of Jurgen Klopp.
“I had two seasons that weren't up to my standards. Phsycal problems, other problems, I wasn't myself. My future? I hope it will be at Liverpool. Milan? They decided to let me go. There certainly won't be a "Mario's back again,” Balotelli was quoted as saying by Gianluca Di Marzio.
Balotelli’s spell at the Reds just never got going as he struggled to fit in with the club’s style of play under former boss Brendan Rodgers - a factor which placed the manager under further pressure.
Rodgers, now at Celtic, subsequently lost the confidence of the board prompting his dismissal and Balotelli admits the Northern Irishman is the only manager he has failed to get along with during his career.
He added: “I had an excellent relationship with Mancini, and good with all my coaches. Also the presidents Berlusconi and Moratti. It was disastrous just with one: Brendan Rodgers.”
Rodgers is renowned for his excellent relationships with his staff, and arguably his ability in this key area is what Celtic will seek most over the next 12 months as they look for player development.
But Balotelli seemingly has a different opinion of the Hoops boss, and that may be an indication of Rodgers’ thoughts towards those who appear somewhat lazy and don't quite match his hardworking standards.