The Reds confirm that they have completed the
signing of the Italy international striker, who
only moved to the Rossoneri from Manchester
City in January of 2013
By Sam Lee
25 Aug 2014 18:18:00
Liverpool have completed
the signing of AC Milan
striker Mario Balotelli.
Talks between the Reds and
their Italian counterparts
accelerated this week as
Balotelli's agent, Mino Raiola,
flew to England on Wednesday.
After a permanent deal was agreed between the
two clubs, the Italy striker himself flew in to
complete a medical and put pen to paper on a long-
term deal at Anfield.
for boyhood club
Milan in January
2013 after three
and has been
unhappy at San
Siro for several
months, with club
to move him on.
former City boss Roberto Mancini in training during
his time in Manchester and was never far from the
headlines after setting off fireworks in his
In the wake of that incident, Balotelli lifted his jersey
to reveal the now-famous "Why Always Me?"
message after scoring against in the landmark 6-1
victory against Manchester United in 2011.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers had been scouring
Europe for a replacement for Luis Suarez all
summer and was continually linked with a move for
Monaco striker Radamel Falcao.
The Northern Irishman had in fact completely ruled
out Balotelli's arrival earlier this summer, declaring:
"I can categorically tell you that he will not be
coming to Liverpool. He is a wonderful player but he
is an AC Milan player."
Balotelli scored 20 Premier League goals in his 54
appearances in England, and 26 in 43 Serie A
matches since moving back to Italy with the