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Balotelli: I made a mistake by leaving England

Mario Balotelli wants to help Liverpool win the Champions League after admitting he had made a mistake in turning his back on English football.

Mario Balotelli and fellow summer signing Adam Lallana take their seats in the directors' box alongside Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish before last night's match at the Etihad Stadium. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA
Mario Balotelli and fellow summer signing Adam Lallana take their seats in the directors' box alongside Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish before last night's match at the Etihad Stadium. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA

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."

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.

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