Liverpool flop Mario Balotelli defends Raheem Sterling on Twitter

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli finds himself in hot water with Reds fans after defending Raheem Sterling

Mario Balotelli has his say on Raheem Sterling's move

Mario Balotelli has leapt to the defence of Raheem Sterling after the Manchester City forward faced a backlash from Liverpool supporters on social media on Tuesday afternoon.

Sterling scored his first goal for the Citizens against Roma in a pre-season friendly this afternoon after he completed his much-anticipated £49m move to the Premier League runners-up last week.

The England international has been branded as greedy by some Liverpool supporters after Sterling rejected a £100,000-a-week contract offer from the Reds earlier this year and forced through a move to The Etihad.

Balotelli, who has largely disappointed following his £16m move to Anfield from AC Milan last summer, risked the wrath of his own supporters after he congratulated Sterling on his first goal for City.

Unsurprisingly, Balotelli received a torrent of criticism from Liverpool fans, who were unhappy with the striker’s post on the social media site.

However, the Italy international was undeterred as he went on to endorse Sterling’s decision to move to his former club City.

Sterling scored seven goals and made seven assists in 35 Premier League appearances last season.

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