New Liverpool, signing, Mario Balotelli, says leaving England was a ‘mistake’, while Brendan Rodgers promised to get the best out of the controversial striker.
Balotelli joined Liverpool for £16 million on Monday and returns to England after leaving Manchester City for AC Milan in January 2013.
"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," Balotelli told Liverpool's website.
"English football is generally better. English football is beautiful."
Meanwhile, Balotelli’s reputation as a troublemaker never worried Liverpool boss, Brendan Rodgers, who believes the 24-year-old is a world-class talent.
"This transfer represents outstanding value for the club and I think we have done a really smart piece of business here," Rodgers told Liverpoolfc.com.
"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 level.
"I believe we have the infrastructure, culture and environment to get the best out of him and help him achieve his true potential.
“We are a strong group here, committed to hard work and he will benefit from being around it."
Balotelli’s transfer takes Liverpool’s spending spread to over £130 million for the summer.
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