Mario Balotelli wants to help Liverpool win the Champions League after admitting he had made a mistake in turning his back on English football.
The 24-year-old Italy striker has completed a £16m move from AC Milan after Liverpool yesterday sealed one of the surprise signings of the summer. Balotelli, who will wear his favoured No.45 shirt, is understood to have signed a three-year deal with the option of a fourth year.
The striker won the Champions League with Inter Milan in 2010 and has ambitions of repeating the feat with Liverpool. "I always start a competition wanting to win it. We will see. I want to win another Champions League for sure, because the Champions League wasn't all mine, I was in a team. I want to take this team to the Champions League."
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Balotelli also admitted that just 18 months back in Milan had convinced him he should return to the Premier League. "I'm happy to be back because I left England and it was a mistake. I wanted to go to Italy but I realised it was a mistake. English football is generally better. English football is beautiful."
Balotelli was given a rough ride by Liverpool fans during his visits to Anfield while with City, but he has already been given a warm welcome by supporters who had been mourning the departure of Luis Suarez.
"I didn't expect it [the warm reception] but now that I play for Liverpool, I can see the expectation in people. They're very happy and that makes me very happy at the same time.
Balotelli spent a year-and-a-half at Milan, where he scored 30 goals in 54 appearances. He has also won the Champions League, three Serie A championships and the FA Cup, plus 33 caps for Italy during which he has scored 13 goals.