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Balotelli starts for Liverpool against Tottenham

ESPN staff
August 31, 2014

Mario Balotelli starts his first game for Liverpool as the Anfield club travels to Tottenham on Sunday.

Manager Brendan Rodgers opted to give the striker - who joined from AC Milan in a deal worth £16 million - his first start alongside Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling, although midfielder Adam Lallana is not fit enough to take part.

Rodgers has also recalled both Javier Manquillo and Mamadou Sakho to Liverpool's defence, while Steven Gerrard, Joe Allen and Jordan Henderson make up the midfield. Philippe Coutinho has to settle for a place on the bench.

For the home side, manager Mauricio Pochettino has named an unchanged side from the team that demolished QPR last week.

Tottenham: Lloris; Dier, Kaboul (c), Vertonghen, Rose; Bentaleb, Capoue; Chadli, Eriksen, Lamela; Adebayor

Subs: Friedel, Chiriches, Davies, Dembele, Holtby, Townsend, Kane

Liverpool: Mignolet, Manquillo, Moreno, Lovren, Sakho, Gerrard, Allen, Henderson, Sterling, Sturridge, Balotelli

Subs: Jones, Enrique, Toure, Lambert, Coutinho, Can, Markovic

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