He’s not fit to replace Suarez, says Liverpool hero

Mark Lawrenson believes that Liverpool will have to dip back into the transfer market in January to replace Luis Suarez with Mario Balotelli unlikely to get 20 goals this season.

The Reds sold their talismanic Uruguayan striker to Barcelona over the summer in a £75m deal after becoming aware that they would be unable to convince the 27-year-old to stay put at Anfield for another season.

The Reds’ search for a replacement eventually saw Balotelli come in from AC Milan, with the enigmatic Italian tasked with helping to net the goals Suarez managed as the Merseysiders came close to securing the Premier League title last season.

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Although ‘Balo’ has shown some glimpses of his talent for Liverpool, his performances have raised more equations than answers, with his only goal having come against Ludogorets Razgrad in the Champions League.

And Lawrenson believes that his old club will have to buy again in the New Year with Balotelli not the right player to spearhead another push for top honours:

“I already believe Rodgers is going to have to make a move for a fast, pacey striker during the January transfer window, especially if [Daniel] Sturridge is going to miss chunks of the season through injury,” he is quoted by The Metro.

“Mario Balotelli had a decent game but he is a big lump up front. He offers a different kind of threat.

“He [Balotelli] doesn’t have pace and he’s never going to score 20 goals a season.”

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