Former Juventus star: This is what Mario Balotelli needs to do to succeed at Liverpool

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Former Juventus and Italy international striker Vincenzo Iaquinta backs Mario Balotelli to be a success at Liverpool, but only if he focuses on his football.

Mario Balotelli is set to return to the Premier League after one-and-a-half years away, as Liverpool are on the verge of signing the striker from AC Milan.

The Italy international arrived at Melwood on Friday evening and will sign a contract worth reportedly £90,000 a week after passing a medical.

Milan will receive €20 million (£16m) as transfer fee in a deal that seems to suit all parties (click here to read more).

However, question marks remain on Balotelli’s attitude and behaviour, and it is this aspect of his character that he needs to work on to have a positive impact at Anfield.

That’s according to former Juventus striker Vincenzo Iaquinta, who won the 2006 World Cup with Italy in Germany.

‘Changing clubs is now a habit for Mario’, the 34-year-old told Tuttomercatoweb. ‘He changes teams every year for reasons I honestly don’t know, but it can’t be a positive sign.

‘This is certainly a good deal for Milan just as the market will be closing soon, €20 million can always come in handy.

‘However, if Balotelli managed to get his head right and think a bit more, he would be a vital player for any team’.

Everyone has been saying for around five years that Balotelli needs to focus more on his football to get the best out of himself, but it appears that the Italian simply cannot do so.

The former Inter Milan striker felt relieved when he left Manchester City and England in January 2013, and was delighted to have joined the club he grew up supporting as a kid.

However, even at Milan, Liverpool-bound Balotelli could not do his best on the pitch and was involved in off-pitch incidents.

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Yet hope springs eternal, and under Reds manager Brendan Rodgers, the three-time Serie A and 2010 Champions League winner will hope to make a turnaround.

Liverpool are a team on the up and could be the last chance for Balotelli to mend his ways.

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