Jordan Henderson is hopeful that Mario Balotelli can come into the Liverpool team and help them get back on track with a win against Tottenham next weekend.

The Reds slipped to their first way loss of 2014 last night against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, with a late Pablo Zabaleta own goal a consolation in the 3-1 loss.

Before kick-off the big news was the confirmation of Balotelli’s arrival from AC Milan, but the £16m man was forced to watch from the stands of the ground he used to call home when he was a Sky Blue.

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With Liverpool having dominated play for much of the first 45 minutes there are positives to take into the trip against the in-form Spurs – who have won their opening two Premier League games – and Henderson told the Liverpool Echo that he hopes ‘Super Mario’ can come in and help fire the Merseysiders to victory in London:

“Everyone is looking forward to working with Mario,” he said.

“He’s a very talented striker and a big player. Hopefully he’ll give us all a big lift and be able to play some part in the next game.

“He was in the dressing room before the game wishing everyone luck. Hopefully he can get a week’s training under his belt and be involved against Tottenham.”

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