Monday August 25th, 2014

Liverpool has signed striker Mario Balotelli from AC Milan, the club announced Monday.

The 24-year-old scored 26 goals in 43 league matches in a year-and-a-half for Milan.

Before joining the Serie A giant in January 2013, Balotelli spent two-and-a-half seasons with Manchester City, helping City win the league title in 2012.

The Italian's last stint in the Premier League was not without controversy. Balotelli was sent off four times during matches. 

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"There is no doubting Mario's ability; he is a world-class talent and someone who, for such a young age, has vast experience of playing at the very highest level," manager Brendan Rodgers said." He has scored goals in the Barclays Premier League, in Italy, in the Champions League and for his country at international level."

The striker has 13 goals in international play for Italy, including the winning goal against England at this summer's World Cup. 

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Balotelli will wear the No. 45 for Liverpool. He is the club's ninth signing this summer.

Liverpool sold striker Luis Suarez to Barcelona for $130 million in July.

The transfer window for the Barclays Premier League ends Sept. 1.

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