Former Italy international Gianfranco Zola says Mario Balotelli is the “perfect fit” for Liverpool.
Zola, now 48-years-old, was speaking at the Soccerex Global Convention in Manchester and says Balotelli’s move to Anfield is a great opportunity for the former Manchester City striker.
“I hope Mario takes the chance very well and Liverpool can have a lot of benefit from it,” Zola is quoted on the Independent‘s website as saying. “I believe Mario technically and tactically is the perfect fit for Liverpool.”
Balotelli completed his £16 million move to Liverpool from AC Milan last month, making his debut in the Reds’ 3-0 victory over Tottenham on August 31st.
And Zola believes the fresh start given to Balotelli on Merseyside by Brendan Rodgers is being taken seriously by the player himself.
“I think it will depend a lot on Mario’s attitude towards it,” Zola added.
“I think it is very important for him. I believe it is a massive opportunity for him to make a step forward in his career and his knowledge of football.”
Should Balotelli face Aston Villa on Saturday, it will be his first appearance in front of the Kop, but the Italian has already been using his Instagram account to win over the Liverpool faithful.
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