Liverpool morning news: ‘Outstanding’ teenager hailed; ‘No problem’ with Balotelli

Raheem Sterling

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Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has been talking about new Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli.

In quotes published by Goal.com, the veteran stopper refused to discuss the player’s temperament.

“We are players and Mario is our teammate,” the Juventus star said. “We don’t have a problem with him.

“We are not so presumptuous to think that we can teach someone how to act or how to live, because it’s not as if we are 50 years older.”

Some have said Balotelli’s move to Liverpool is akin to a trip to the last-chance saloon, but only time will tell if the front-man can curb his more controversial side and make headlines for all the right reasons.

In other news, former England manager Terry Venables has said it is time for the national team to unleash Liverpool teenager Raheem Sterling.

Writing in the Independent, Venables said, “The boy is, without a doubt, an outstanding player. He does well from long distances but when he is playing in that hole, he can get into the goal area all the time.

“I’m not sure he’s a real goal-scorer at the moment but I think he has it in him to be one.”

Sterling’s recent goal-record and overall performances would suggest Venables may be right; and surely the time has come to give the 19-year-old free rein in the Three Lions shirt. After all, he is arguably his country’s most dangerous player now.

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