Balotelli completes move to Liverpool

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REUTERS: Italy striker Mario Balotelli has joined Liverpool from AC Milan on a “long-term” deal, the Premier League club said on Monday. The 24-year-old is the big signing Liverpool fans have craved since selling last season’s top scorer Luis Suarez to Barcelona in July but Balotelli’s famous on and off field antics may not sit well with some at Anfield. The former Manchester City player returns to England after only a season and a half at boyhood club Milan, who are continuing to cut costs to the dismay of supporters. “I’m very happy. We’ve been talking about coming here and now I’m happy to be here,” Balotelli told the club’s official website ( “Liverpool are one of the best teams here in England and the football is very good here. It’s a great team with young players, and that’s why I came here.” The transfer fee was not disclosed but media reports have speculated the amount is around 16 million pounds($26.5 million) Liverpool surprised pundits by finishing runners-up to City in the Premier League last season after years of woe and have recruited a host of players with the cash received for Suarez but Balotelli is the biggest name so far.