Balotelli pictured with two injured stars nearing Liverpool return

Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli has posed with Jon Flanagan and Suso.

Liverpool's £16million summer signing Mario Balotelli has posed for a photograph with two players Reds fans will be hoping are back sooner rather than later.

Suso and Jon Flanagan have both been side-lined after groin and knee surgery respectively, but the Spanish winger ran on grass for the first time since his injury last week while the England full-back is set to return in due course having been ruled out for two months back in September.

Suso posted the picture of the three men on his official Instagram account - which can be found here - and Brendan Rodgers will need all hands to the deck in the weeks and months to come after Liverpool continued their stuttering form away to Ludogorets Razgrad in the Champions League last week.

They may have taken three points with a late win against Stoke City this weekend, but it is only the first tentative step towards the form Liverpool will need to rediscover if they wish to turn their season around.


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