Liverpool confirmed the rumors by officially unveiling Mario Balotelli as the club’s latest signing.  The 24-year-old was handed the #45 jersey.

“I’m very happy,” Balotelli said on Liverpool’s official website. “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 came here.”

Balotelli is well-known to Barclays Premier League fans.  He helped Manchester City to the league title in 2011/12 as well as the 2011 FA Cup title.  But his time at the Etihad was equally disruptive as the forward was frequently in manager Roberto Mancini’s doghouse.

He joins the club from AC Milan where he scored 30 goals in 54 appearances.  He has earned 33 caps and scored 13 goals for Italy.

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