Brendan Rodgers expects to be able to call on the services of new signing Mario Balotelli for Sunday's trip to Tottenham Hotspur.

Liverpool completed a deal for the Italy striker on Monday afternoon, though confirmation arrived too late for him to figure against Manchester City.

However, Balotelli's Reds debut could come at White Hart Lane this weekend.

Speaking after the 3-1 defeat at the Etihad Stadium, Rodgers told "I think by the weekend [he'll be ready to feature].

"He's been into pre-season 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."