Emile Heskey: 'Mario Balotelli risk will pay off for Liverpool'

Milan striker Mario Balotelli in action against Inter on February 24, 2013
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Former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey says that Anfield-bound forward Mario Balotelli will be a success at the club despite his off-field reputation.

Former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey has admitted that the club is taking a risk by signing Mario Balotelli, but believes that the striker will be a success.

Balotelli has clashed with previous managers Jose Mourinho and Roberto Mancini in the past, and has also made headlines for his off-field activity.

Despite this, Heskey believes that the ex-Manchester City forward, who is closing in on a £16m move from AC Milan to Anfield, will be a success in his second spell in the Premier League.

He told reporters: "I didn't realise he was on their radar, I don't think anyone was realising that, but once you get over that shock, you think it's quite a good deal.

"I think you probably are looking at a risk, but they would have probably weighed everything up, and every manager thinks that they can tame the beast or the wild side of him. But if you're looking at his goals-per-game ratio, it's quite good.

"I do think he's got a lot of talent and I do think he'll bring a something to the side, I think Liverpool have spent money wisely, and improved their squad immensely."

Balotelli spent three years at Manchester City before joining Milan in January 2013.

AC Milan's Mario Balotelli in action during a friendly match against Chelsea on August 4, 2013
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