Ex-Liverpool midfielder Paul Ince believes that his old club have to “get rid” of Mario Balotelli as soon as possible if they are to revive their ailing season.
The £16m Italian returned from injury yesterday as the Reds slipped to a 3-0 loss at Manchester United, coming close to netting his first goal for his new side in the Premier League following his introduction at half-time.
‘Balo’ has been a major source of frustration for Liverpool fans and manager Brendan Rodgers since his summer arrival, with the Northern Irishman having already hinted that the 24-year-old is not performing well enough.
Ince believes that during the loss against United – whom he also played for – Balotelli showed exactly what is wrong with his game, and that he hopes he’s ditched in January:
“It was a strange decision bringing Balotelli in,” he told talkSPORT. “Brendan [Rodgers] thought he could take that gamble because of losing Luis Suarez to Barcelona but if Jose Mourinho couldn’t control him and Roberto Mancini couldn’t control him then I don’t understand why Brendan thought he could.
“I just watched him play yesterday and he plays for himself. You can see the frustration in the other players. There was a time when he could have put another player in but he didn’t.
“It seems like people are frightened to say something to him in case he goes the other way. They keep saying what a great, talented player he is but I’m yet to see it.
“I think the quicker Brendan Rodgers sees it and can get rid of him the better, to be honest, and the better it will be for everyone because there is a lack of spirit in that Liverpool side.”