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Liverpool newbie hails club captain as good as Andrea Pirlo

Liverpool star Mario Balotelli has praised Steven Gerrard as being on the same level as Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo, Mirror reports.

Balotelli made a £16million transfer to Anfield from AC Milan during the summer and has been impressed with the ability in his new side.

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The Italian however singled out club captain Steven Gerrard, who he believes is as good as international team-mate Andrea Pirlo.

Balotelli played against Gerrard during the World Cup, in which he scored the winner with Pirlo commanding in midfield.

“I had really not seen much of him before this season, apart from for England, but wow. I think of him as being at the same level as Pirlo,” he told Sport Magazine.

“Vision, technique, but he is powerful as well. Stevie can do anything, he’s an amazing player. It’s going to be very difficult for the team to find another player like him in the future.”

Balotelli has only managed to score one goal for the Reds, which was against Bulgarian minnows PFC Ludogorets in the UEFA Champions League group stage.

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