Balotelli watches helplessly as City teach Liverpool a lesson


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Bank Holiday Mondays can be a mixed bag. Most Britons get an extra day off but, as the extra pints are put away, there is the nagging reminder of a particularly hellish return to work on Tuesday.

Mario Balotelli may well share that dread of coming back to work after watching his new employers lose to his old team.

Having signed a three-year contract with Liverpool earlier in the day, Balotelli was excused from work as he attended Liverpool’s trip to his old haunting ground.

But he rocked up anyway, clad all in black as he mixed with Reds stars new and old.


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The match promised much, with the defending champions hosting the runners-up who, until a dramatic finale to last season, were poised to win the title themselves.

But this encounter was strangely one-sided as Manchester City looked every inch title contenders, while Liverpool were as disjointed as you’d expect of a side forced into wholesale changes this summer.


Liverpool’s defensive woes were understandable – left-back Alberto Moreno is brand new to the club and clearly hasn’t got used to his team-mates yet, while centre-half Dejan Lovren is also a summer signing.

Of greater concern was a lack of zip in midfield, Steven Gerrard anonymous for most of the game and Philippe Coutinho playing a rare stinker.

Liverpool were also a bit sluggish up front, with Raheem Sterling bright but ultimately ineffectual, while Daniel Sturridge went missing. Still, that’s what Balotelli has been brought in for.

Super Mario will be registered in time for what promises to be a tricky trip to in-form Tottenham next weekend. He will be hoping for a better performance than this.

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