Kop hero: Liverpool would be better with Southampton ace, not Balotelli

Mario Balotelli is making a “mockery” of Liverpool and the club would be better off with Shane Long up front, according to former Red Steve Nicol.

The £16m Italian arrived at Anfield over the summer from AC Milan, with many suggesting that he had the personality and ability to replace departed star Luis Suarez.

But with a third of the season gone, ‘Balo’ has just two Reds goals to his name, with neither having come in the Premier League.

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And events earlier this week have seen Balotelli’s name in the press for the wrong reasons, with the 24-year-old having posted an ill-advised image on Instagram, for which he may yet be punished.

Although a somewhat troubled star, sections of the club’s supports want Brendan Rodgers to stick by the former Manchester City man, but Nicol has had enough of the forward, claiming that a player like Southampton’s Shane Long would have been a better signing:

“They spent £16million on Balotelli but I would prefer to have signed someone like Shane Long,” he told talkSPORT. “He’s someone who will come on the field and throw his guts into a game and give you everything he’s got.

“He might hot have the ability or the CV of Balotelli but the fans would love him.

“Instead, you’ve got a guy who is not producing on the field and who’s making a mockery of the club off the field.”


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