Anfield new boy surprised by warm welcome.
New Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has admitted that he was surprised to receive such a warm reaction from the Anfield faithful after taking some serious heat from the club’s fans during his days with Manchester City, the Daily Star reports.
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The Reds finally completed their surprise £16m swoop for the Italian international on Monday after they agreed a fee with the Italian giants on Friday.
And having spent two hours in discussions with Brendan Rodgers before signing the contract, Balotelli admitted that he was shocked at the warm welcome he received from the club’s fans at his unveiling before the defeat to fellow Premier League title rivals Manchester City.
“I didn’t expect it because I’ve always been playing against Liverpool,” he said.
“Whenever I played against Liverpool, the fans weren’t nice with me but that’s normal – it’s football!
“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.
“When I play with this team [at Anfield], it’s going to be nice for sure. To play here for Liverpool excites me, but if you’re an opponent it’s difficult.”