Liverpool hero Gary McAllister is worried that Mario Balotelli could ruin the atmosphere in his old club’s dressing room.

The Reds are set to seal a £16m deal for the AC Milan forward, making him their ninth big arrival of the summer.

Although a talented player who has won league titles in England and Italy, ‘Balo’ has long been seen as a disruptive influence, with his questionable work ethic and mad antics away from the pitch having seen him shifted on from Inter Milan and Manchester City in the past.

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Many have suggested that the 24-year-old has now turned the corner, and the behaviour related clauses sad to be in his new contract – which is worth significantly less money than his deal at Milan – along with claims from his agent that this is his last chance have boosted talk that he is ready to settle down.

But McAllister – a star of Liverpool’s 2000/01 treble winning side – believes that he could ruin the harmony in the Anfield dressing room:

“It will split everyone,” he told talkSPORT.

“He’s got great ability, but Liverpool are very much together under Brendan Rodgers and it doesn’t take a lot to split a dressing room. And that’s my only fear. I’m not so sure [about it].

“Look at his moves – he’s had great opportunities at big clubs and that fee keeps dropping and dropping.

“It’s not a great deal of money in today’s game, but it will split a lot of people.”