Balotelli just 'a normal guy', says £20 million Liverpool man

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Lazar Markovic insists that fellow Liverpool summer signing Mario Balotelli has been a perfect teammate since arriving at the club.

Liverpool summer signing Lazar Markovic insists that the outsider perception of new teammate Mario Balotelli couldn’t be further from the truth.

Arriving from Benfica in a £20 million deal, Markovic later saw Balotelli join him at Anfield during the final week of the transfer window and, despite his past behavioural problems, maintains that the polarising striker has been nothing but a perfect professional since.

‘He's a good guy, who’s followed by a bad reputation, but in essence he is quite great [as a teammate],’ the winger told Mondo.

‘He trains normal, how any normal guy would – just like the rest of us.’

 2014-15 Premier League Goals AssistTotal PassPass AccTotal CrossCross AccTotal DribbleDribble AccAppsMins
Lazar Markovic 0 0 88 82.95% 2 0% 6 66.67& 4 190

In the midst of preparing for Serbia’s upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against Armenia and Albania, Markovic also stressed that he is confident of finding his form after a slow start to life in the Premier League, while hailing the influence of captain Steven Gerrard during his short time at the club.

‘You know how things go in football, I’m getting there and adjusting well,’ he said.

‘It will take a little more time but, all in all, I feel okay.

‘I feel great there and everybody has been great with me. I could not wish for more.

‘Steven Gerrard is a legend, an awesome guy and great player, and Anfield is like everyone knows – in the Kop there is a really good atmosphere. I'm satisfied, I'm happy and that's the most important.’

Aged just 20, Markovic has made four starts in six appearances for Liverpool so far this season but, having showcased his enormous potential during his lone campaign in Portugal, his best is no doubt still to come.

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