Balotelli, Lallana in line for Liverpool debuts tomorrow

August 30, 2014 - 12:00:00 am
Italian striker Mario Balotelli who signed for Liverpool in the crowd during the English Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool in Manchester, in this  August 25 file photo.

LONDON: Mario Balotelli and Adam Lallana could make their Liverpool debuts this weekend after being named in the Reds’ squad for their Premier League clash at Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow.

Italian striker Balotelli is available for the first time since completing his £16m ($26m) transfer from AC Milan on Monday, while England midfielder Lallana has returned to fitness after missing the start of the season with a knee injury following his £25m switch from Southampton.

Despite concerns over the potential for problems with notorious bad-boy Balotelli, who is back in the Premier League 18 months after leaving Manchester City, he has already made a big impact in training according to Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.

“Mario has settled in very well and has looked fantastic in training,” Rodgers said.

“He is a good lad. The focus is very much on his football and he has done very well.

“He is top quality, there is no doubt about that. He is a class act, the boy, with wonderful football qualities.” After spending big to improve his squad following the departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona, Rodgers also indicated there are likely to be some departures before the transfer window closes on Monday.

“There will probably be more movement out than coming in I would say,” Rodgers said. “There are offers for players to go and every player here knows their situation.

AFP

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