Emile Heskey offers advice for Mario Balotelli ahead of Anfield bow

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One former Liverpool star had some words to give a current Reds star as Mario Balotelli is set to play at Anfield for the first time with his new club.

One of Liverpool's summer signings Mario Balotelli, a 24-year-old Italian bought from AC Milan for £16 million, may have already made his Reds debut in the 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur but this weekend is set to make his Anfield bow for his new club as Brendan Rodgers's side take on Aston Villa.

For many, it can be an unforgettable experience, with the Kop capable of providing an electric atmosphere.

One former player, Emile Heskey, who returned 60 goals from 223 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool and struck a good 'big-man, little-man' partnership with academy product Michael Owen, has offered Balotelli some advice ahead of Saturday's fixture.

"Enjoy it," Heskey, now 36, said. "Take in the famous atmosphere and make sure you get a goal.

"For me it was great, I enjoyed every minute of it and I remember it now. He'll relish it and it'll be a great night."

Other Liverpool favourites also had messages of support for Balotelli, like Jan Molby, who won three league titles with the club in the 1980s.

"I see the talent like everybody else," the Dane said. "How long we can keep him motivated for his obviously going to be key. He did well in the first game but it'll be a special occasion now playing at Anfield. I just hope he know has found his home."

Sky Sports pundit Phil Thompson said: "He has to prove he's a team player as he's caused trouble more often than not. It was encouraging at Spurs let's hope he maintains that [against Aston Villa]."

Jason McAteer, 43, added: "I think you let him be himself and when he steps over the line that's when you have a world with him.

"There's big personalities in that dressing room and they'll be able to pull him to the side. Until he does that you have to give him the benefit of the doubt. He's done nothing until now, has he?"

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