Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has admitted his admiration for AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli. Rodgers says he's a fan of the controversial Italy international, who has been heavily linked with a return to the Premier League this summer.

"Balotelli is a big talent," Rodgers said.

"I saw that in this time at Inter Milan as a young player and obviously going to Manchester City when we had a real close eye on him there.

"He's got all the qualities. He's 6ft 3ins, he's quick, his touch is terrific and he can score goals.

"He went back to Italy to play and he's still so young. If his focus is right, his concentration is right and he leads the lifestyle of a top player then he can play for any team in the world."

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