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Balotelli insists he doesn't want to go back to Liverpool

Balotelli is on loan at AC Milan. Credit: PA

Mario Balotelli has admitted he was never happy at Liverpool and does not want to go back.

The 25-year-old former Manchester City striker is on loan at AC Milan this season after scoring only one Barclays Premier League goal following a £16million switch to Anfield in August 2014.

He has struggled for game time at San Siro, too, but after starting in Milan's last two Serie A games the Italian media have suggested he might have a future with Cristian Brocchi's team.

Balotelli, who has 33 Italy caps, would like to stay in his homeland and avoid a return to Liverpool.

He told Mediaset Premium, in quotes carried by the Gazzetta dello Sport: "In terms of my future I want to stay with Milan because I was not happy at Liverpool and don't want to go back.

"Plus, Milan have the money to buy me.

"I've played well in my last two games and there are six left for me to prove what I can do."

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Liverpool midfielder ruled out for four weeks

Liverpool midfielder Emre Can's domestic season is over after he was ruled out for at least four weeks with ruptured ankle ligaments.

The 22-year-old limped off in Thursday's dramatic Europa League win over Borussia Dortmund and left Anfield on crutches with his right foot in a protective boot.

Emre Can won't play again this season. Credit: PA

He underwent a scan yesterday and the results indicated ruptured ligaments which could sideline him for up to six weeks.

However, it is understood Liverpool's medical team are hopeful the lay-off will only be four weeks, meaning the Germany international would have a chance of making the Europa League final should the club get past Villarreal in the last four.

It is the second injury blow in a week as fellow midfielder, and captain, Jordan Henderson damaged knee ligaments in the first leg against Dortmund and was also ruled out for the rest of the season.

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Origi credits Klopp for remarkable Liverpool comeback

Divock Origi credited manager Jurgen Klopp after Liverpool produced a remarkable turnaround to beat Borussia Dortmund and reach the Europa League semi-finals.

Trailing 2-0 after 10 minutes, 3-1 on aggregate, and 3-1 (4-2) with two-thirds of the game gone, the Reds scored three in the last 24 minutes - capped by Dejan Lovren's added-time winner - to rescue a seemingly impossible cause and win 5-4 on aggregate.

Liverpool fought back to win in astonishing fashion. Credit: PA

Origi's goal just after half-time sparked the comeback but the Belgium international said Klopp had the bigger influence with his interval team-talk evoking Istanbul in 2005 when Liverpool came from 3-0 down to win the Champions League final against AC Milan.

"The manager was very calm, surprisingly calm," said the 20-year-old, who has scored four goals in his last three appearances.

"That's the class of a big manager. You could see no panic, no stress, he believed in us and in the end it helped.

"He gives us belief and we tried to reward that, the belief of the fans, everything.

"The manager just said that we lived to play in evenings like this.

"We had nothing to lose. We just had to go. We had to play and show our qualities and believe in ourselves and at the end we could win.

"We already know we have qualities and if the rest is in place, then you can play freely."

Sturridge likens Liverpool-Dortmund game to Fifa 16

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge plans to enjoy the Europa League visit of Borussia Dortmund just like he would if he was playing the FIFA football video game.

The quarter-final is delicately poised at 1-1 ahead of Thursday's second leg. Credit: PA

The quarter-final with the German club, unbeaten in 2016, is delicately poised at 1-1 ahead of Thursday's second leg.

Dortmund know they have to score - which is likely to be less of a problem for a side which has found the net 119 times already this season - but as Anfield prepares for another famous European night Sturridge insists the occasion will not faze him.

"It's like when you're playing a final on FIFA and you're playing against your mate. You've all put £20 in the middle and there's £100," he told liverpoolfc.com.

"The pressure's on, your palms are sweaty, but as you get into the game, the nerves go away and you enjoy it - and that's exactly what it's like.

"It's going to be a great occasion, not just for the players but the fans, for everyone who isn't involved with Liverpool as well - they'll enjoy the match.

"It's one of those occasions where you just soak it all up, enjoy it, embrace it, have fun; that's what you live for.

"It's just going to be a great night for everyone, and you can't let nerves get the better of you."

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