Liverpool have been seeking a replacement for Luis Suarez since the Uruguay international’s departure to Barcelona was confirmed in early July, and last month they seemed to have found one.
Former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli was signed from AC Milan for a reported transfer fee of £16 million and made his debut against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
The Italy international did not have exactly a great debut on a personal level for Liverpool, but nevertheless he was important in the Reds’ 3-0 win in the Premier League clash and was impressive in his off-the-ball movements
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Given that Balotelli was signed because of the departure of Suarez, many would be led to believe that the former Inter Milan striker would be able to replace the 27-year-old.
However, former Liverpool striker Michael Owen does not think so and wrote on Sportlobster.com: ‘Balotelli... I think he'll be a decent signing but he's not in the same league as someone like Suarez. The other attacking Liverpool players will bring out the best in him and £16m is good value’.
The arrival of Balotelli at Anfield has probably the main talking point among most Liverpool fans in recent days, but it is another summer signing that Owen is most excited to see: England international midfielder Adam Lallana, who joined the Merseyside outfit from Southampton for £25m.
‘I like the fact Liverpool moved early and got the business done without leaving it too late’, wrote the former Manchester United striker. ‘I'm most excited to see how Lallana gets on’.