Didi Hamann: 'Mario Balotelli has to prove himself'

Hamann: 'Balotelli has to prove himself'
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Didi Hamann believes that Mario Balotelli still has to "prove that he is a team player" following his £16m switch to Liverpool.

Former Liverpool midfielder Didi Hamann believes that Mario Balotelli still has a lot to prove at Anfield.

Balotelli made a £16m move to the Reds last month, and much has been made about the Italian's temperament.

Hamann, who won the 2005 Champions League with the Reds, thinks that the former Manchester City forward still has to show that he can co-exist with his teammates.

"He still needs to prove that he is a team player, because everywhere he's been so far, he's caused trouble," Hamann told Sky Sports News.

"There's no doubt that he's a fantastic talent, and for £16m you've got to say he's a bargain."

Balotelli is expected to make his Anfield debut against Aston Villa on Saturday.

Liverpool's Italian striker Mario Balotelli plays during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at White Hart Lane in London on August 31, 2014
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