Mario Balotelli Signs for Liverpool F.C.

Updated: 25 August 2014 21:45 IST

After immense speculation, Italian striker Mario Balotelli formally inked a deal with Liverpool F.C. and will play in the English Premier League wearing the No. 45 jersey.

Mario Balotelli Signs for Liverpool F.C.
Mario Balotelli will add force to Liverpool's forward line after the transfer of Luis Suarez to Barcelona. © AP

Liverpool has signed Italy striker Mario Balotelli from AC Milan, taking a calculated gamble on a headline-grabbing player known as much for his controversies as his goals.

Nineteen months after ending a 2 and a half year spell with Manchester City to play for his boyhood club, Balotelli returns to the English Premier League as a replacement for Luis Suarez - another of world football's talented but disruptive stars.

Liverpool has been looking to strengthen its strikeforce after selling Suarez to Barcelona for $130 million.

During his time at City, in which he won the league title, Balotelli was sent off four times, threw a dart at a youth-team player and was involved in an incident that saw fireworks let off in his bathroom.

Topics : Liverpool Mario Balotelli English Premier League Football
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