Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes the club were able to conclude a reasonable deal indeed after confirming the acquisition of Italy international Mario Balotelli from AC Milan on Monday.
'Very good' deal
Balotelli returns to the Premier League for a transfer fee of £16 million - which represents just a fraction of the club record amount received from Barcelona for Luis Suarez - while the player also accepted a 50 percent pay cut to £80,000-per-week.
It was a deal that had initially been “categorically” ruled out by Rodgers but, as the club ran out of options, the decision was made to pursue Balotelli. And Rodgers feels he has been able to pull off something of a coup.
"With the market to get someone in of that quality, the deal was very good. He is a world-class talent and it's an area we needed to strengthen,” Rodgers told the official Liverpool website.
"We can bring him in and hopefully improve him as a player and help him mature as a young man. There's no doubt about his football talent and I think he can do very well for us.
"I've been very encouraged by the man himself, he is very honest. He has already sampled how we work as a team and a club."
Balotelli’s arrival completes a very successful summer in the transfer window, with Rodgers having added nine new recruits to his squad to ensure he has enough quality players among with his number to cope with the rigours of a return to European football.
An outlay of £130 million over the past few months represents a club record, although some of this was of course cleared with the deal for Suarez that was worth between £64 million and £75 million, depending who you believe.
There will, however, need to be time allowed for these numerous new signings to firmly bed into the side - something that was evident during the defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Monday night.
There was particular concern over the communication between defenders Dejan Lovren and Alberto Moreno, with club legend Jamie Carragher highlighting the performance of the former in particular.
“[Lovren] didn’t play well,” Carragher said on Sky Sports.
“The whole back four never really functioned well and there were problems down that side with Moreno coming in for his first game. He has had a difficult night with Moreno on that side.”
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