Mario Balotelli still has time to turn his Liverpool career around, but the “clock is ticking”, according to Anfield hero Jan Molby.
The controversial Italian has endured an underwhelming start to life on Merseyside since his £16m summer arrival from AC Milan, with a first Premier League goal still on his ‘to do’ list.
His decision to swap shirts with Real Madrid’s Pepe at half time during Tuesday night’s Champions League clash with the Reds 3-0 down has been front page news in recent days, with some reports even claiming that he could be sold in January if his form doesn’t dramatically improve.
However Molby feels that Balotelli does have a future at the club, but that time is already beginning to run out for the 24-year-old:
“Mario Balotelli still has time to turn things around at Anfield but the clock is ticking.” He wrote in his column for the Liverpool Echo.
“The Italian has come in for plenty of stick following the defeat to Real Madrid. The sight of him swapping shirts with Pepe at half-time was very disappointing.
“At the end of a first half when Liverpool had been completely outplayed you don’t want to see your players being pally with the opposition. The problem with Balotelli is that he doesn’t have any credit in the bank.
“You certainly can’t be doing it right in the middle of battle when Anfield is hurting. Brendan Rodgers has had words with him about it and that’s the end of it.
“Of much greater concern is the fact that it was another game when Balotelli failed to shine.
“I was surprised that so many people thought it was going to be his night. How was playing Real made for Balotelli? I certainly hadn’t seen anything to believe he would cause them problems.
“I had a feeling when Rodgers signed him that he had taken on his biggest challenge and so it’s proved. The question is what do Liverpool do with him now? To sell him in January would be to admit we made a big mistake signing him.
“I’d be amazed if Rodgers has given up on him yet. He has to continue to work with him at least until Daniel Sturridge is fit.”