Mario Balotelli tells Brendan Rodgers he is keen to stay at Liverpool

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Mario Balotelli has told Brendan Rodgers he wishes to remain at Liverpool rather than return to Italy despite the wretched start to his Anfield career.

The 24-year-old has scored only twice for Liverpool since his £16m move from Milan in August and last started a game for the club on 8 November, a consequence both of injury and Rodgers’ admission that Balotelli is unsuited to the high-intensity pressing game he demands.

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