Mario Balotelli completes £16 million move to Liverpool FC
Liverpool add Balotelli to their squad as the Italian watches Monday night’s clash against former club Manchester City
August 25th, 2014
It’s the most exciting Premier League signing of the summer, with Liverpool making the controversial decision to bolster their squad by signing Mario Balotelli.
At the tender age of 24, the forward has already endured an eventful career which has seen him feature for Internazionale, Manchester City and AC Milan, with Liverpool signing him from the latter for £16 million.
Balotelli has allegedly signed a contract which pledges that he adheres to the Liverpool code of conduct at all times following a chequered career at City which saw the forward dismissed on several occasions.
Indeed, few managers have been able to harness the Italian’s talent on a consistent basis, although Brendan Rodgers clearly feels it was a gamble worth taking to bring the player to Anfield.
“I’m happy to be back because I left England and it was a mistake,” he said. “I wanted to go to Italy but I realised it was a mistake. English football is generally better. English football is beautiful.”
Balotelli said: “I didn’t expect the reception from the fans because I’ve always been playing against Liverpool. Whenever I played against Liverpool, the fans weren’t nice with me but that’s normal – it’s football. Now that I play for Liverpool, I can see the expectation in people. They’re very happy and that makes me very happy at the same time.
“Liverpool are one of the best teams here in England. The football is very good here. It’s a great team with young players, and that’s why I came here. I maybe have a little bit more experience than other players – if I can help them, I’m happy to help them.”