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'Spontaneous edge' of Balotelli excites Reds' Allen


Southampton's Steven Davis (left) and Liverpool's Joe Allen. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA

Southampton's Steven Davis (left) and Liverpool's Joe Allen. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA

Southampton's Steven Davis (left) and Liverpool's Joe Allen. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA

Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen believes the arrival of Mario Balotelli has got the club buzzing.

The controversial Balotelli completed his surprise £16million move from AC Milan to Anfield on Monday afternoon.

Balotelli, 24, has often mixed the sublime with the ridiculous in his relatively short career to date and his signing is a gamble by the Reds, but his potential is undoubted.

With a week of training, the Italian could make his debut at Tottenham on Sunday as Liverpool look to spark back into life after Monday's reality check against champions Manchester City.

Allen said: "I am excited to work with him, he's a player of massive quality.

"I think it is a signing that is another great addition. He has that spontaneous edge to him and it is a massive threat he's going to give us.

"The squad has great balance now, strength in depth, and there is certainly going to be competition for places in every area.

"We are disappointed with Monday's result but all of us are excited now for the weekend and the chance to put things right with a good result."

Balotelli's arrival is likely to complete Liverpool's summer recruitment programme as last season's Premier League runners-up regroup in hope of another title tilt following the loss of talisman Luis Suarez.

The prolific Suarez undoubtedly left a void but the squad now has greater depth as a result of the signings of Lazar Markovic, Alberto Moreno, Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren, Emre Can and loanee Javier Manquillo.

Wales international Allen said: "Credit to the club - they have worked really hard this summer to bring in players and strengthen us after a positive season. It shows our ambition to take that step forward."

There are fears Balotelli, given his past problems with both Milan clubs and Manchester City, could upset morale in the dressing room.

It also remains to be seen how striker Daniel Sturridge responds to his addition but Allen is confident the England man can reprise the formidable partnership he formed with Suarez.

He said: "I am sure he is as excited as anyone else. Top players they love playing with other top players."