Liverpool complete Mario Balotelli signing

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Liverpool have completed the signing of former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli from Serie A outfit AC Milan.

The Italian will wear the number 45 shirt which he wore at both of his previous club Manchester City and AC Milan. The BBC are reporting that the Italian striker has cost the Reds £16 million.

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Liverpool's search for a striker ends

Since Luis Suarez's departure for Barcelona after the World Cup, Liverpool have been in the market for a new forward.

The Merseyside club have been linked with many strikers during thus summers transfer window, including the likes of Radamel Falcao and Chelsea reject Samuel Eto'o.

However despite denying being interested in signing him during pre season, Brendan Rodgers has completed the singing of Mario Balotelli.

Balotelli's career

Balotelli spent three years in England with reigning Premier League champions Manchester City between 2010 and 2013. During that time he was an integral part of the Manchester City side that won their first Premier League title.

Balotelli has got 33 caps for Italy, scoring 13 goals. Two of the most memorable of these came in Italy's European Championship semi final against Germany where he scored an impressive brace.

Balotelli has also played for both Serie A sides Inter Milana and AC Milan. In his recent spell with AC he scored 30 goals in 54 appearances.

He will provide some needed Champions League experience in the Liverpool squad and will  partner England striker Daniel Sturridge. 

In an interview, Balotelli told the Liverpool website: "Liverpool are one of the best teams here in England and the football is very good here... It's a great team with young players, and that's why I came here." 

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