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Rodgers: Balotelli will be available against Tottenham

The Liverpool boss says his new 20 million euro man is in "very, very good condition" and is ready to make his debut at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Brendan Rodgers says Mario Balotelli will be in contention to make his Liverpool debut at Tottenham on Sunday.

The Italy striker joined the Merseyside club from AC Milan on Monday but was not signed in time to feature in the 3-1 defeat against his former club Manchester City later that day.

Liverpool manager Rodgers, however, says he could be ready to hand Balotelli his first game in a Liverpool jersey against Tottenham on Sunday. 

"I think by the weekend [he'll be ready to play]," he told the club's official website. "He's been into preseason and he's played three 45-minute games. He might not be up to full match speed, but he's looking fit.

"We've done some analysis on him. The medical and sports science team have worked with him already and he's in very, very good condition. He's in to work and he'll be available for the squad for the weekend."

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge believes Balotelli could become an "iconic" figure at Anfield.

"He provides another option and we've got a lot of games this season, so Brendan has plenty of options now," Aldridge told the club's official website. "The manager will have a plan. It could be Balotelli going through the middle with Daniel [Sturridge] playing off him or out wide, as he did to great effect last season.

"He could be phenomenal and he's the type of player who will be endearing to the fans. He could be iconic."