Photo: Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli meets boxer Joe Calzaghe

Liverpool striker meets world champion Joe Calzaghe

Joe Calzaghe and Mario Balotelli Photo: Mario Balotelli/Instagram

Mario Balotelli spent the Saturday night at the Echo Arena as the Liverpool striker watched Tony Bellew beat Nathan Cleverley.

The Reds forward is set to travel with Brendan Rodgers’s squad for their clash against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday.

And Balotelli met former world champion boxer Joe Calzaghe, who boasts Italian blood too, at the venue ahead of the bout.

Balotelli posted: “#joe calzaghe!”

Former Liverpool striker Andy Carroll made the trip up north to catch the bout, too.

A photo posted by Andy Carroll (@andytcarroll) on

Carroll kept it short on Instagram, posting: “Bellew v cleverly”

A video posted by Andy Carroll (@andytcarroll) on

Bellew beat Cleverly on a split decision to make it one apiece in their head-to-head record.

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