PHOTO: Before Merseyside derby, Mario Balotelli has snazzy new haircut

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Breaking news. Balotelli has a new haircut.

Liverpool’s new striker has gone for a typically understated look, as you can see in the photos below, ahead of his first involvement in the Merseyside derby vs. Everton (Watch live on NBCSN, 7:45 am ET and online via Live Extra) on Saturday.

Celebrating the heritage of his new team, the Liver Bird features prominently in the design.

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Balotelli has scored just once in five appearances since his move from AC Milan this summer, but maybe this new hairdo will get things going for Super Mario in front of goal?

Worth a try. Below are a few snaps of his new haircut from Balo’s Instagram account, which includes a blonde mohawk, a Liver Bird, several swirls, spider designs, tiger print and eyebrow work.

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