Mario Balotelli
Mario Balotelli is set to recover from the hamstring injury ahead of Liverpool's trip to Selhurst Park on SundayGetty Images/AFP

Liverpool have received a major boost as Mario Balotelli has reportedly recovered from the hamstring injury that kept him out of Italy's game against Croatia.

According to the Mirror, the Italian striker is set to be fit for the Reds' trip to Selhurst Park on Sunday after medical reports suggested that the injury was not as bad as first feared.

Balotelli suffered the injury during training with the national team on Friday and was sent back to Liverpool's training base in Melwood to recover. Apart from missing Italy's Euro 2016 qualifier against Croatia, he was also ruled out of their friendly against Albania on Tuesday.

This will be welcome news for Brendan Rodgers, as he also welcomes Daniel Sturridge to the first-team set up and could play with two strikers up-front against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

The England international has missed the last 14 games for the Anfield side after first picking up a thigh injury during international duty and then suffering a calf strain on his return to training from his first injury.

Liverpool have been struggling for goals lately with Balotelli and Rickie Lambert failing to find the back of the net in the Premier League for the Reds.

Meanwhile, Reds midfielder Adam Lallana has opened up about his Spanish roots and his childhood idol Zinedine Zidane.

The former Southampton man, who arrived at Anfield this summer, has revealed that his grandfather is from Madrid, but is not sure if the Spanish roots influence his game in any way.

"One thing people might not know about me is my grandfather is Spanish, from Madrid. I don't know if it influences my game, and he never takes credit for it. He isn't a massive football fan, actually," Lallana said, as quoted on Liverpool's official site.

He has also revealed that he looked up to Zidane when he was growing up and that he still goes through clips of the French legend to improve his game.

"Interestingly, though, my idol growing up was former Real great Zidane. I watched a lot of him growing up. The way he plays. Even now, he's a coach at Real but I still go back and watch those clips," the Three Lions midfielder added.