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Gerrard reveals reaction over Balo signing

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has revealed his honest response to Brendan Rodgers when he informed him on the training ground that Mario Balotelli will be joining the club.

Before sealing a transfer to the iconic English club, Balotelli spent three seasons at Premier League rivals Manchester City.

He left England for AC Milan, eventually returning to the Premier League with Liverpool in 2014 and then then-Reds manager Rodgers spoke to Gerrard about snapping up the controversial character now at Ligue 1 side OGC Nice.

“In my last season, Brendan Rodgers came to me at Melwood one day in mid-August. We had a chat on the training pitch,” he said in his autobiography, My Story.

“He said, ‘You know we’ve missed out on a couple of signings. I’m basically left with no option but to have a bit of a gamble.’

“Brendan paused before he spoke again: ‘The gamble is Mario Balotelli.’ My instant reaction was, ‘Uh-oh.'”

Famous for his eccentric behaviour on and off the field, including setting off fireworks inside his house the Italian never quite lived up to the hype at Anfield.

“I’d never met Balotelli but I’d heard all the stories about the indoor fireworks and Jose Mourinho describing him as an ‘unmanageable’ player,” Gerrard added.

“I’d never met Balotelli but I’d heard all the stories about the indoor fireworks and Jose Mourinho describing him as an ‘unmanageable’ player,” Gerrard added.

“I could see that, in the right mood, he was a quality footballer but the rest of his career seemed like a spectacular waste of talent. That was my opinion of Balotelli.”

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