Liverpool latest: Ex-Arsenal star linked again as youngster departs permanently

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The reaction from Liverpool's move to sign AC Milan striker Maro Balotelli continues to flood in after the Reds completed a £16m deal on Monday. With Liverpool travelling to face Tottenham at White Hart Lane this weekend, manager Brendan Rodgers believes that the Italian striker will be ready to play despite a short pre-season campaign.

"I think by the weekend he'll be ready," said Rodgers. "He's been into pre-season and he's played three 45-minute games. He might not be up to full match speed, but he's looking fit. We've done some analysis on him. The medical and sports science team have worked with him already and he's in very, very good condition. He's in to work and he'll be available for the squad for the weekend."

The former Manchester City striker hit 30 goals in 54 games at the San Siro before his move back to England, and with the 24-year-old arriving as a replacement for Luis Suarez, midfielder Joe Allen has praised the club for making the ambitious move to sign Balotelli.

"He has that spontaneous edge to him. He’s going to give us a massive threat. It’s a signing that is another great addition." Allen said. "It’s credit to the club and all the staff who have worked so hard this summer to strengthen the squad on the back of a positive season. It shows our ambition to take that next step going forward."

Balotelli may not be the only players coming back to the Premier League with Liverpool, as former Arsenal midfielder Alex Song has once again been linked with a move to Merseyside. The Cameroon international is out of favour at Barcelona, and the Catalan giants are willing to let the 26-year-old leave for free just to get him off the wage bill.

Heading out of Anfield is Swedish winger Kristoffer Peterson, with the 19-year-old leaving to join Dutch side Utrecht on a four-year deal. Many had speculated that Peterson would be leaving on loan, but he will leave for good in search of first team football.

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