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Rodgers: Balotelli Could Start V Spurs

Liverpool coach, Brendan Rodgers, has revealed Mario Balotelli could start for the Reds against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

Liverpool signed Balotelli for £16 million on Monday, though the transfer wasn’t completed in time for him to feature against his former club and he instead watch his new side's 3-1 defeat from the stands.

However, Rodgers confirmed his Suarez replacement is in great shape and raring to go.

"By the weekend (he'll be ready to feature)," the Liverpool boss told Liverpool's official website.

"He's been into pre-season and he's played three 45-minute games. He might not be up to full match speed, but he's looking fit.

"We've done some analysis on him. The medical and sports science team have worked with him already and he's in very, very good condition.

"He's in to work and he'll be available for the squad for the weekend."

Balotelli’s new teammates, Joe Allen and Jordan Henderson, praised the 24-year-old as the perfect addition to the Liverpool squad.

"Mario's a player with massive quality, he has that spontaneous edge about him. He's going to give us a massive threat," said Allen.

"It's a signing that is another great addition and I'm really excited about working with him.

"Our squad has great balance now, strength in depth and there is certainly going to be competition for places in every area.”

Henderson added, "Everyone is looking forward to working with Mario. He's very talented and a big player. Hopefully he'll give us a big lift.”

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