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Balotelli staying with Liverpool - agent

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli will remain at the club next season, according to his agent Mino Raiola.

The Italy international's first season after a £16million move from AC Milan was a flop with just four goals - only one of which came in the Premier League - and he was top of a list of names the club reportedly wanted to offload this summer.

However, Raiola insists the 24-year-old is staying where he is.

Mario Balotelli had a mediocre season. Credit: PA

"We have talks with Liverpool and he will stay," he told Sky Sports.

"I spoke many times with the club and they were happy with his input as a professional."

Asked whether the striker and manager Brendan Rodgers had adapted to each other over the course of the season, Raiola added: "I think Mario did, I cannot talk for Brendan Rodgers.

"Obviously we're pretty confident it'll happen next year."

Gerrard vows to make future Liverpool return

Departing Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says he will come back to come back to the club in the future.

Gerrard, who wrote an open letter to fans, has previously spoken about becoming a coach at Liverpool.

Steven Gerrard is off. Credit: PA

"I've been a supporter all my life and that will continue," he wrote in an open letter to fans in the Liverpool Echo.

"I hope to get the opportunity to come back and serve the club again one day.

"I feel that I can make a contribution in some role in the future."

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Liverpool defender Toure close to agreeing new deal

Liverpool defender Kolo Toure is close to agreeing an extension to his contract which expires next month.

Toure has found opportunities harder to come by this season. Credit: PA

The former Ivory Coast international is likely to agree a new 12-month term having wavered over whether to commit with more lucrative offers coming in from overseas.

However, the 34-year-old is keen to finish his career in England and wants to stay at Liverpool.

He said:

I think the situation will be resolved soon. We are talking. There are few things more but we will see.

Liverpool is a great club for me to stay at. Liverpool is going to be massive. I love Premier League football and I played all my years here and if I can finish here (Liverpool) it would be great.

My kids go to school here and they are half-English and that is important as well. I play for Liverpool right now and I am very happy and if it was to carry on, I'd be more than happy.

– Liverpool defender Kolo Toure
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