English Premiership

Balotelli excites Joe Allen

2014-08-29 12:10
Mario Balotelli (File)

Cape Town - Controversial bad-boy Mario Balotelli makes his return to the EPL when his new club Liverpool travel to leaders Tottenham.

After Manchester United brought in record signing Angel Di Maria, Mario Balotelli will not want to be outshone we he makes his debut this weekend. 

Balotelli joined Brendan Rodgers' side from AC Milan for 16 million after agreeing to a contract that will reward the Italian for good behaviour.

The former Manchester City forward left England after three turbulent years marred by training ground fights, car crashes and a bizarre incident when he set fire to his bathroom while letting off fireworks.

But Reds boss Rodgers is confident he can get the best out of Balotelli, who watched from the stands when Liverpool lost 3-1 defeat at City on Monday, but is expected to be involved at White Hart Lane.

"I am excited to work with him, he's a player of massive quality," Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen said.

"He has that spontaneous edge to him and it is a massive threat he's going to give us.

"We are disappointed with Monday's result but all of us are excited for the chance to put things right."


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