Balotelli struggling to adapt at Liverpool – Raiola

The striker is yet to score a goal in the Premier League since joining for €20m in the summer, and his agent says not seeing his daughter regularly is making it difficult for him

Mario Balotelli is struggling to adapt to life at Liverpool because he is unable to see his daughter regularly, according to his agent Mino Raiola.

The striker has just two goals to his name, and none in the Premier League, in the 14 games he has played since completing a €20 million move from AC Milan during the summer.

Subsequently Balotelli has been linked with a move back to Serie A,specifically Roberto Mancini’s Inter, a switch Raiola has ruled out, and his representative is now backing the 24-year-old to come good at Anfield.

“You shouldn’t be criticising Mario. This difficult moment he’s going through is not related to football, but is down to the fact that he cannot see his daughter as often as he would like to,” Raiola told Corriere dello Sport.

“He needs a bit of time to adapt to Liverpool. One thing is for sure and that is that he will never return to Italy. I have already made the mistake to listen to him and bring him back to back to Italy once before.”

Balotelli is currently sidelined with a groin injury but said in an update on his official Instagram account that he hopes to be back in action soon before later deleting the post.

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