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Mario Balotelli

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Birthdate:  August 12, 1990    Birthplace:  Palermo, Italy    Nationality:  Italy    Height:  6' 2"    Weight:  192 lbs    

September 16, 2014    Mario Balotelli News

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Balotelli scored in the 82nd minute of Liverpool's 2-1 Champions League victory over Ludogorets on Tuesday.

With Daniel Sturridge still sidelined with a thigh injury, Balotelli continues to lead the line for the Reds. Despite just joining the squad, he seems to have good chemistry with those around to set him up, and he'll take that into Saturday's Premier League match against West Ham.

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Mario Balotelli: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

September 13, 2014

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Balotelli missed practice during the week due to an illness, but was able to make the start in Liverpool's 0-1 loss to Aston Villa on Saturday.

Balotelli had a quiet game Saturday, only managing two shots before being subbed off in the 71st minute. With Daniel Sturridge (hamstring) out, the focus of the Liverpool attack is on Balotelli, so it should only be a matter of time before the Italian international finds the back of the net.

September 12, 2014

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Balotelli was unable to train Thursday due to an illness, but he is expected to play Saturday against Aston Villa, the Liverpool Echo reports.

Balotelli is expected to lead the line for Liverpool in the coming weeks after Daniel Sturridge suffered a hamstring injury while on international duty.

September 1, 2014

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Balotelli didn't manage to get on the scoresheet in his Liverpool debut, but recorded a shot on target and a key pass before being subbed off in the 61st minute.

Balotelli's debut was a quiet, but successful one as he forced Hugo Lloris to make a tough save early on and created a bit of extra space up front for the Liverpool attack to exploit. It is encouraging for fantasy owners to see manager Brendan Rodgers preferring to play two up front, and it should only be a matter of time before Balotelli starts finding the back of the net.

August 31, 2014

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Balotelli is in the starting XI for Liverpool's Premier League match against Tottenham on Sunday.

The high-profile move of Balotelli has grabbed headlines, but he's ultimately going to be judged by what he does on the pitch. Manager Brendan Rodgers will put his new man right into the lineup to see what he can do, although it would be a bit surprising if he played all 90 minutes.

August 27, 2014

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Balotelli, who officially joined Liverpool on Monday from AC Milan, could be part of the squad to face Tottenham on Sunday. "He's been into pre-season and he's played three 45-minute games," manager Brendan Rodgers said Wednesday. "He might not be up to full match speed, but he's looking fit."

Balotelli brings a ton of talent to Anfield, and if Rodgers can figure out how to use him effectively, while keeping him happy, he could be a steal for the Reds for the 16 million they paid for him.

August 25, 2014

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Balotelli is officially a Liverpool player after the club confirmed the signing of the controversial striker from AC Milan on Monday.

Balotelli immediately becomes a viable fantasy option as a proven striker playing atop the fast paced Liverpool attack. Fantasy Owners will want to monitor how manager Brendan Rodgers utilizes the Italian international, but assuming he gets the minutes necessary, the former Manchester City man has the ability to produce at a level approaching the elite fantasy strikers in the game.

August 22, 2014

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Balotelli is headed to Liverpool after a season and a half with AC Milan, Football Italia reports.

Balotelli becomes one of many top players AC Milan have sold in recent years. Obviously eager to rid themselves of the enigmatic striker, the Rossoneri look to have sold Balotelli on a discount at the reported 16 million transfer fee. For Liverpool, it looks to be a calculated risk, with manager Brendan Rodgers betting on the 24-year-old's sky-high potential. Balotelli will likely be eased into starting alongside Daniel Sturridge, so fantasy owners will want to monitor at what price Balotelli enters the player pool.