Mario Balotelli will take a pay cut to return to AC Milan from Liverpool on a one-season loan deal. Liverpool are also going to pay some of Balotelli’s wages as part of the move, which is close to being completed. The Italy striker, 25, scored just one Premier League goal after a £16m move from the Serie A club in August 2014. He was left out of the pre-season tour of the Far East and Australia and has been training away from the first team. The Reds have signed forwards Christian Benteke, Roberto Firmino and Danny Ings, while Divock Origi has arrived at Anfield after a year on loan at Lille.