Early Doors

Overreaction Theatre: Arsenal fan Piers Morgan launches astonishing verbal attack on Balotelli

Early Doors

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Liverpool's £16 million signing of Mario Balotelli seems to have gone down well with the club's diehards. And English football fans in general.

It is difficult to recall there was once a man called Luis Suarez scoring goals at Anfield such was the reaction on social media to the arrival of 'Super Mario'. A case of 'The King is dead, long live the king' perhaps. Or perhaps not.

Some folks seem to be of a mind that the arrival of Balotelli from Milan can catapult Liverpool into the frame for the Premier League title.

Whether or not that is a little premature, you sure there won't be too many quiet moments with Mario back in English football.

Not all football fans shared the general mood of enthusiasm. Most notably a celebrity Arsenal troll. Sorry fan.

The former England player Gary Lineker did not share such a mood of pessimism.

But it didn't take long for some fans to predict great things from the new man.

We were presented a raft of facts comparing Balotelli to Suarez.

There Liverpool fans just wanted a quick glimpse of their new hero. Did Ian Rush returning from Juventus ever receive such fanfare?

Adel Taarabt was tipping his former Milan companion for big things.

And the Italian media were saying farewell to Mario for a second time.

How will Liverpool look now? The Sun had a go with this little graphic.

And the plaudits kept coming.

Former City team-mate Shay Given is expecting fireworks. Which is hardly surprising.

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