Super Mario is officially with Liverpool. After a £16million transfer… welcome to the club… number 45. Mario Balotelli.
“This transfer represents outstanding value for the club and I think we have done a really smart piece of business here,” said Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers on BBC Sport.
Liverpool could have used him on the pitch instead of the stands after their 3-1 loss to reigning champions Manchester City, but Balotelli’s arrival at LFC still has the club buzzing with optimism going into this season’s campaign.
“I’m happy to be back because I left England and it was a mistake,” Balotelli said in an LFC statement. “I wanted to go to Italy, but I realized it was a mistake.”
Balotelli received a hero’s welcome when he arrived with the squad.
“I didn’t expect it because I’ve always been playing against Liverpool,” Balotelli explained. “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.”
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