LONDON (SportingAlert) — Mario Balotelli has been handed his Liverpool debut after the forward was named in the starting XI to face Tottenham in the Barclays Premier League today.
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Balotelli joined up with Liverpool from Serie A side AC Milan this week and the Italian striker has been give an immediate start on his return to the Premier League.
The former Manchester City forward comes in for Philippe Coutinho, who drops to the bench at White Hart Lane.
Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge start in the attack alongside Balotelli.
Manager Brendan Rodgers also brought in Javier Manquillo and Mamadou Sakho to the starting lineup, with Glen Johnson and Martin Skrtel making way for the pair.
Meanwhile, boss Mauricio Pochettino named an unchanged side from last Sunday’s 4-0 victory against QPR, with defender Younes Kaboul captaining the team again.
Etienne Capoue, Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen, Nacer Chadli, Emmanuel Adebayor and Eric Dier all start as well.
Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Dier, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Rose, Bentaleb, Capoue, Lamela, Eriksen, Chadli, Adebayor. Subs: Chiriches, Holtby, Townsend, Kane, Dembele, Friedel, Davies
Liverpool: Mignolet, Manquillo, Sakho, Lovren, Moreno, Gerrard, Henderson, Allen, Sterling, Balotelli, Sturridge. Subs: Brad Jones, Jose Enrique, Toure, Lambert, Coutinho, Can, Markovic
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)