Mario Balotelli is 'staying at Liverpool', says his agent Mino Raiola

Liverpool 'happy' with the Italian, according to his agent

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The agent of Mario Balotelli has claimed that the Italian will be at Liverpool next season, despite the striker scoring just one Premier League goal all season.

Balotelli, 24, barely featured in the second half of the season and started just three games in 2015. The £16million striker managed just four goals in all competitions as Liverpool ended up sixth in the Premier League.

He has been linked with a move away from the club but super agent Mino Raiola claims he will stay.

"We have talks with Liverpool and he will stay," Raiola told Sky Sports.

"I spoke many times with the club and they were happy with his input as a professional."

Asked whether the striker and manager Brendan Rodgers had adapted to each other over the course of the season, Raiola added: "I think Mario did, I cannot talk for Brendan Rodgers.

"Obviously we're pretty confident it'll happen next year."

Balotelli did not feature in Liverpool's final four matches of the season, with his last appearance in the 1-0 defeat at Hull signifying the end of their challenge for Champions League qualification.

Additional reporting from PA