Brendan Rodgers must be breathing a little easier today after hearing the news that he had managed to dispose (at least in the short term) of Mario Balotelli.
Already decked out in the club shirt, this morning Mario Balotelli completed a loan deal back to his former club AC Milan, which will no doubt be dubbed his ‘final chance’ yet again to get his career back on track.
Balotelli’s time on Merseyside yielded just one Premier League goal in 12 months along with the usual list of indiscipline leading Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers to admit that last seasons ‘calculated risk’ indeed didn’t add up.
Balotelli had spent the summer and the beginning of the season like someone with the plague, after being isolated from the team by Rodgers, proving it was only a matter of time before he would be shipped off.
Upon his return to Milan Balotelli said: “I’m happy to have returned, I have little to say, just that I’m looking forward to train and prove my worth. I’m physically well – I just have to train with the squad. I have a lot of motivation but I just have to work and not speak. Did I think I would return to Milan? Yes, I always had Milan in my heart and I always had hope that I would return one day. Will I end my career here? I just have to start to work and have a good year, just have to work and that’s that.”