Mario Balotelli pictured in a Liverpool shirt for first time

Striker is set to make his debut for the Reds on Sunday

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The picture every Liverpool fan has been waiting to see has been released today - Mario Balotelli wearing the famous red shirt for the first time.

Balotelli signed for the Merseyside club on Monday for £16m from AC Milan and will make his debut for the club against Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

After signing for Brendan Rodgers' side earlier this week, Balotelli said: "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.

Balotelli's hilarious Instagram picture he released yesterday

Balotelli pictured in his Liverpool shirt for the first time

"Liverpool are one of the best teams here in England. The football is very good here. It's a great team with young players, and that's why I came here.

"I maybe have a little bit more experience than other players - if I can help them, I'm happy to help them."