Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has slammed £16million summer signing Mario Balotelli after their 1-0 loss to Basel in the Champions League, talkSPORT reports.
The Italian striker has only hit the net once in his last four outings and Rodgers claims Balotelli must sacrifice himself more for the team in order to achieve success.
Although the Reds boss believes the 24-year-old works hard, he needs to find the form which saw him rake 30 goals in 54 appearances for AC Milan in the past one-and-a-half seasons.
“He worked hard, but needs to do more,” Rodgers stated.
“He will be judged on what he creates and what he scores and he didn’t score.
“But the boy is trying, he is working hard.”
The former Swansea manager then went on to criticize his team’s poor defending, which saw Basel’s Marco Streller pounce to score from a corner kick.
“We defended very, very poorly on the corner and it’s not the first time so it’s very, very disappointing we couldn’t get something from the game,” he added.
“I think it [set-piece defending] is something we continue to talk about and look at and analyse, but you have to do it on the field and the key to defending is your first contact with the ball and we continually don’t do that enough.”
Liverpool’s next Champions League fixture will be against current European champions Real Madrid.
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