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Balotelli posts message of confidence ahead of Liverpool's Champions League opener

Mario Balotelli is in confident mood as Liverpool prepare to play Ludogorets in the Champions League.

Mario Balotelli has exuded confidence and positivity as Liverpool prepare to start their Champions League campaign this evening.

The Italian striker posted a message on Instagram for fans, which read: ‘Still confident about my team! Still confident we can go far! Isn’t a bad game that can ‘kill us’.

Balotelli was more than likely commenting about the negative press Liverpool have received in some quarters for their display against Aston Villa last weekend.

Villa secured a narrow 1-0 win against Liverpool at Anfield, to make it two seasons in a row where they have achieved a great result at one of the Premier League’s most difficult grounds.

Liverpool have been tipped in various places to do well in the Champions League this season, with skipper Steven Gerrard revealing that he expects the side to make it out of the group stage and to at least the quarter-finals.

Balotelli is still hunting for his first goal in Liverpool colours and if he notches it up this evening, the Reds can take a dominant early position in Group B.

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