Liverpool latest: Balotelli confirmed as Rodgers lines up eleventh signing

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The big news from Liverpool tonight concerns the club's latest big money signing - Mario Balotelli. The controversial 24-year-old striker has left AC Milan for a move back to the Premier League with the Reds, as Brendan Rodgers has forked £16m to make the Italian hitman the replacement for Luis Suarez. Balotelli is happy to be back in English football, branding his move back to Italy with Milan as 'a mistake'.

"I'm happy to be back because I left England and it was a mistake," Balotelli said. "I wanted to go to Italy, but I realised it was a mistake. English football is generally better. English football is beautiful."

Some have criticised Reds boss Brendan Rodgers for replacing one headache in Suarez with another in Balotelli given his off field misdemeanours, but the former Swansea manager believes that the setup at Anfield is perfect for Balotelli's development as a player and as a person.

"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," said Rodgers. "He has scored goals in the Barclays Premier League, in Italy, in the Champions League and for his country at international level. I believe we have the infrastructure, culture and environment to get the best out of him and help him achieve his true potential."

Whilst Balotelli becomes Liverpool's tenth summer signing, it seems that Rodgers is already lining up the eleventh. Balotelli joins Javier Manquillo, Dejan Lovren, Alberto Moreno, Kevin Stewart, Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Lazar Markovic, Divock Origi and Rickie Lambert in putting pen to paper on Merseyside, and FC Ashdod youngster Michael Ohana is now heading to Anfield for a trial.

The 18-year-old playmaker has impressed in his native Israel, and will look to impress the Reds hierarchy ahead of a potential spell in the club's Under-18 setup.

One youngster who looks set to leave the club is winger Krisoffer Peterson, with the 19-year-old Swede set to join Dutch side Utrecht on loan.

“We have been watching him and I’ve seen him work as a forward and on the flanks," said coch Rob Alflen. "He is threatening, has power and he is definitely a good for our team.”

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