Jurgen Klopp delivers transfer update on Liverpool’s forgotten striker

Jurgen Klopp discusses Mario Balotelli's long-term future at Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp has ruled out the possibility of Mario Balotelli returning to Liverpool in January.

The Italy international is currently on a season-long loan at AC Milan after he was deemed surplus to requirements by Klopp’s predecessor, Brendan Rodgers.

Balotelli, who moved to Liverpool from the Serie A giants in a £16m deal in 2014, has scored one goal in four top-flight appearances in Italy during his loan spell so far.

The Reds are currently short on striker options following Daniel Sturridge’s continuing fitness problems and injuries to Divock Origi and Danny Ings.

However, Klopp ruled out the possibility of Balotelli’s loan spell at Milan being cut short and the controversial striker returning to his parent club.

“At this time I don’t have time to think about next summer. I am just thinking about what we can change in this moment,” Klopp told his pre-match media conference ahead of their League Cup clash against Stoke City on Tuesday night.

Balotelli scored one Premier League goal in a 3-2 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield during his first season at Anfield.

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The Italy striker did manage to score in the League Cup, the Champions League and the Europa League.

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