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

August 31, 2014    Mario Balotelli News

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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.

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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.

August 21, 2014

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Liverpool have reportedly agreed to a 16 million transfer fee for Balotelli, who told Sky Italia on Thursday that "Today is my last day at Milan," according to The Guardian.

Liverpool were linked with Balotelli earlier this summer, but manager Brendan Rodgers denied that any deal was close. It appears he has completely changed his mind, possibly because Milan have backed off their 20 million asking price. Balotelli is a remarkably talented striker, but on and off-the-field antics have led to a frustrating performance record. After spending three season with Inter Milan and three with Manchester City, Balotelli joined AC Milan last summer and appears close to his third team in three years.

August 21, 2014

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Liverpool have opened discussions with AC Milan in an attempt to bring Balotelli back to England, reports Sky Sports.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers is focused on bringing a new striker to the club, and had been in pursuit of Radamel Falcao. That focus has shifted now to Balotelli.

July 16, 2014

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Despite reports earlier in the summer that he was close to being sold, Balotelli will join AC Milan for its preseason tour in the United States, ESPN FC reports.

Milan play Olympiakos on July 24 in the Guinness International Champions Cup, following by matches against Manchester City and Liverpool. Balotelli was linked with Arsenal earlier this summer, but manager Arsene Wenger denied that the club was bringing the Italian striker on board. Despite his off-the-field antics, Balotelli is a gifted scorer and at 23 years old, has plenty of great football left in him.

June 14, 2014

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Balotelli knocked in a header in the 50th minute to give Italy the lead for good in their 2-1 win over England in their World Cup opener on Saturday.

Balotelli took three shots on the day, with two landing on goal, and he remains an elite striker option in the World Cup. Up next is Costa Rica, who are fresh off a 3-1 win over Uruguay, on Friday, followed by Uruguay the next Tuesday.