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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."

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The Italian striker missed Liverpool's 1-0 FA Cup quarter final win over Blackburn at Ewood Park and had come in for some criticism after not travelling with the team.

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Balotelli addressed his critics on Instagram. Credit: PA

The Italian forward has received widespread criticism for his performances since joining Liverpool in the summer following an unflattering return of four goals in 20 games, and just one in the Premier League.

Speaking directly into camera, the 24 year-old said:

Do you know me, did you ever talk to me personally? Do you know what I've been through in my life? You just saw me play football in the pitch, so man, shut up.

– @mb459

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Balotelli growing as a person at Liverpool - agent

Brendan Rodgers is pushing Mario Balotelli harder than anyone has in his career, according to the striker's agent.

Balotelli has struggled for regular football at Liverpool, but has visibly improved in recent weeks, with Rodgers' trusting the Italian more.

Mario Balotelli has been given more game time recently. Credit: PA

"Right now, I think Mario has a very interesting development for his career," Balotelli's agent Mino Raiola told RMC.

"He has found a coach who asks of him things that had never been requested of him until now, including the discipline of running without the ball.

"This allows him to grow as a person and as a football player. He'll come out even stronger.

"He is proud of his team (Liverpool) and that is the most important."

Liverpool manager unhappy with Balotelli contribution

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has criticised Mario Balotelli's work rate and told him to step up his contribution.

Rodgers wants Balotelli to work harder. Credit: Reuters

Rodgers responded "No, not really no", when asked if he was satisfied with the 24-year-old's stint against the Turkish side, which lasted half an hour.

Rodgers said: "We need to ensure that whatever level of the game we are playing at we have everyone working as a team and once we got the penalty he stops working.

"So he needs to improve on that facet of his game to play in his position, rather than standing on the side of the football field."

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