Liverpool confirm £16m capture of AC Milan striker

Liverpool have confirmed the arrival of AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli in a deal believed to be £16million.

The 24-year-old Italian international has signed a long-term deal with the Anfield club after  a year-and-a-half in Italy with AC Milan.

And the striker, who netted 30 goals in 54 games in Italy, has put expressed his delight at finally being able to complete his move back to the Premier League and admits it was a mistake when he left Manchester City.

He told Liverpool’s official site: “I’m very happy. We’ve been talking about coming here and now I’m happy to be here.

“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 am here.

“I’m happy to be back because I left England and it was a mistake. I wanted to go to Italy but I realised it was a mistake.”

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And Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is understandably delighted to have got his man and has replaced the void left by Luis Suarez, who left for Barcelona earlier this month.

“This transfer represents outstanding value for the club and I think we have done a really smart piece of business here,” he explained.

“There is no doubting Mario’s ability. He is a world-class talent and someone who, for such a young age, has vast experience of playing at the very highest challenge.

“I believe we have the infrastructure, culture and environment to get the best out of him and help him achieve his true potential.”

Balotelli will wear his iconic number 45 shirt at Anfield.