AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli has claimed he is a changed man ahead of his move to Liverpool this week, Express reports.

Balotelli has flown back to Italy to clear out his Milan home after the Italian striker managed to convince Reds boss Brendan Rodgers he is pass his immature ways and will not let his new club down.

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The former Man City star was subjected to a host of on-field and off-field shenanigans during his previous stint in the Premier League, causing Liverpool to draw up a contract which included a ‘behaviour cause’.

Yet despite many critics citing Balotelli’s move as risky business, Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish sees the 23-year-old arriving at Liverpool as a step forward.

“There are plenty of examples of an ‘enfant terrible’ arriving at a club with a reputation and then behaving perfectly.”

Talking in regards to Craig Bellamy, he continued: “He had a chequered past but was a model professional in his second spell at Anfield and an example to everyone in how hard he worked.

“Every time a football club signs a player, it constitutes a risk. It is just the risks come in different guises. With Balotelli the risk is nothing to do with his ability to play.

“Some of his performances for Italy in Euro 2012 made him look unplayable.”

Balotelli will be available for selection when the Reds face Tottenham at White Hart Lane this coming Sunday.

 

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