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Mario Balotelli back up to his old tricks

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Liverpool's new summer signing Mario Balotelli was reportedly taken off after an altercation with another player in a behind closed doors friendly with Wolves this week.

According to the Daily Mail, Balotelli engaged in a heated conversation with referee Chris Foy following a challenge for possession with an opposition player.

The 24-year-old appeared to be held back by team-mate Kolo Toure as Foy attempted to talk to Balotelli during the game at Melwood. The Italian striker was later substituted by Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers to prevent the altercation developing into something more serious.

The game ended 1-0 as the Red's brushed aside the Championship side. Mario Balotelli
started the game with fellow first team members Adam Lallana, Jose Enrique and Lucas. It was Lallana who scored the goal past the Wolves goalkeeper to ensure the win.

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Can he fill a hole?

Following the departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona a void was left in the Liverpool squad to partner Daniel Sturridge up front. Balotelli was brought in late in the transfer window by Rodgers for £16million from Italian giants AC Milan.

Many were quick to criticise Rodger's decision to bring in the controversial forward including Liverpool legend Graeme Souness who warned, 'It's a high-risk signing. I wouldn't want him.'

Confident of success

Despite the high risks associated with the arrival of Balotelli, Rodger's told reporters that it was a decision he has thoroughly considered, 'We went three-and-a-half hours talking it through.'

'He's at a massive club.We can help him improve his game - he's a very bright boy and he knows this is his last chance.'I'm excited to work with him and improve him as a footballer as well as a person.'

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