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Mario Balotelli will be 'great fun' says former Liverpool striker Michael Owen

The Italian striker is on the verge of a £16m move to Anfield

Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen says the return of Mario Balotelli to the Premier League will be "great fun".

The Italian striker is on the brink of sealing a £16m move to Anfield from AC Milan.

The striker has a well deserved reputation for causing problems both on and off the pitch - a situation Liverpool will want to control as best they can. It's understood that part of the on-going talks include clauses about the 24-year-old's behaviour.


Owen, who scored 297 goals for Liverpool, sees Balotelli's reputation as a double edged sword but has backed Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers to get the best out of him - just as he did with recently departed Luis Suarez.

"Going to be great fun having Ballotelli back in The Premier League," Owen wrote on Sportlobster.com.

"There is no doubt about his talent and I'm sure Brendan Rodgers will make sure he behaves having witnessed the problems Suarez inflicted on the club.

"If that's the case, 16m looks good value."

Michael Owen alongside another former Liverpool striker, Robbie Fowler (right), at Anfield


Talks between Liverpool and Balotelli's representatives are understood to have been held yesterday over are continuing today.

Balotelli must have been registered by midday today if he were to be available to play against his former side Manchester City on Monday night.


Should he miss that game, if the deal goes through he will be available for Liverpool's next match - against Tottenham next Sunday.