Mario Balotelli poised for a return to Liverpool from AC Milan

Mario Balotelli endured a frustrating start at Liverpool
Image: Mario Balotelli endured a frustrating start at Liverpool

Striker Mario Balotelli appears likely to make a return to Liverpool from AC Milan for pre-season training.

AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi has intimated the Serie A club would not be making their loan deal for the mercurial Italian a permanent one.

Balotelli is expected to exit the San Siro along with Alex, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Philippe Mexes as Milan look to reshape their squad.

The 25-year-old moved back to Milan on a season-long loan last year after failing to impress at Anfield, scoring just one Premier League goal following a £16m switch from the San Siro in August 2014.

But his second stint with Milan has proved similarly unproductive as he only managed to find the back of the net once in 20 league appearances, and that was last September in a 3-2 win at Udinese.

Mario Balotelli is poised for a return to Liverpool after struggling at AC Milan
Image: Balotelli is poised for a return to Liverpool after struggling at AC Milan

Balotelli started Milan's last two league matches, leading to suggestions he could remain with the club, but Berlusconi has signalled the former Manchester City striker will be heading back to Merseyside.

Berlusconi said: "There will be many departures because players such as Alex, Mexes, Boateng and Balotelli are at the end of their contracts."

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Mario Balotelli of AC Milan celebrates his goal with his team-mate Kevin Prince Boateng
Image: Kevin-Prince Boateng (right) is also set to leave AC Milan this summer

Balotelli, who was left out of Italy's Euro 2016 squad, admitted in April that he would be reluctant to link up with the Reds once more.

"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," Balotelli said.

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