Mario Balotelli Signs for Liverpool F.C.

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.

updated: August 25, 2014 21:45 IST
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Mario Balotelli will add force to Liverpool's forward line after the transfer of Luis Suarez to Barcelona.

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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.

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