3 Liverpool legends and Gary Neville react to Mario Balotelli announcement

Michael Owen, Phil Thompson, Jamie Carragher and Manchester United legend Gary Neville all have their say on Mario Balotelli’s move from AC Milan to Liverpool.

Mario Balotelli is now officially a Liverpool player. The striker has completed a long-term deal and has joined from AC Milan for a reported transfer fee of £16 million.

The 24-year-old is no stranger to the Premier League, having featured in the English top flight for Manchester City for two-and-a-half years.

During that period, Balotelli won the FA Cup (2011), the Premier League (2012) and the FA Community Shield (2012), and was an important player under then City manager Roberto Mancini.

However, the Italy international was often embroiled in off-pitch controversies and did not always perform to his potential on the pitch.

Balotelli left England and Manchester in January 2013 for Milan with relief, but after just 18 months at the club which he supported as a boy, he is back in the Premier League.

Liverpool have been looking for an able replacement for the departed Luis Suarez and apparently Balotelli is their man.

But will the former Inter Milan star be a success at Liverpool? Or will the three-time Serie A and 2010 Champions League winner prove to be a disruptive influence at Anfield?

Some of the big names in world football have been giving their opinion, and here are the thoughts of three former Liverpool stars – Jamie Carragher, Michael Owen and Phil Thompson – and one Manchester United legend – Gary Neville.

Jamie Carragher to Sky Sports: ‘When I first heard about the story, I was surprised and shocked. He was not someone I thought Liverpool were looking to bring in, but at this moment they need a striker... £16m is a great price for Italy’s number one striker’.

Gary Neville to Sky Sports: ‘It is interesting. He was a big character last time he was here. He was disruptive in the Manchester City changing room... It will be interesting to see how Brendan Rodgers handles him and deals with him’.

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