Liverpool‘s Daniel Sturridge is sure that he can form a “successful partnership” with Mario Balotelli between now and the end of the season.
The England international is officially back in action after an agonising five month injury lay-off, and looks to be back to full fitness after starting the Reds’ FA Cup win over Crystal Palace last weekend.
The Merseysiders were trailing at half time in that game, but Balotelli’s introduction after 45 minutes to play alongside Sturridge appeared to alter the tie, with the latter netting the equaliser before the Italian won and fired the free kick from which Adam Lallana scored the winner.
‘Balo’ had endured a difficult opening to his Anfield career and had been tipped to be sold at the end of the season up until recently, with his vital last strike in the 3-2 win over Spurs seemingly a turning point for the 24-year-old.
Sturridge played in the Premier League’s most deadly pairing last season with Luis Suarez, and he says that he’s sure he can build an effective on-field relationship with Balotelli:
“It’s easy to play not just with Mario but any of my team-mates [but] I enjoy playing with Mario, he’s a great guy, I get along with him,” he is quoted by the Liverpool Echo. “I feel we can have a successful partnership but that’s down to the manager to choose.”
“I get along with everybody, you have to adapt your game to each individual because it is different playing with different players so for myself whether it’s Mario or another one of my team-mates, I’ll do my best to make sure it works for the team.
“It’s important to get a relationship with every player. I’ve been out for a while and I’ve come back to the set up, I’m just doing my best to help the team and it’s a team game, so every relationship is important – from my relationship with Simon Mignolet to the strikers.”