Liverpool hero Mark Lawrenson believes Mario Balotelli is “ average at best” and that his below par performances are hindering his manager and the team.
The Italian striker signed from AC Milan over the summer in a £16m deal, with many suggesting that he could fill the void left by 31-goal hero Luis Suarez.
But after 13 games for the Reds, ‘Balo’ has just two efforts to his name – neither of which have come in the Premier League.
The 24-year-old perceived lack of effort and desire once again drew criticism on Saturday as the Merseysiders slipped to defeat at Newcastle, and ‘Lawro’ says that he’s running out of patience with the misfiring forward:
“There’s an awful lot of fuss about Mario Balotelli but he just can’t do it on a regular basis, he doesn’t work hard enough.” He wrote in the Liverpool Echo.
“He’s average at best and while I wouldn’t go as far as to suggest that Brendan Rodgers is in danger of losing his job over this guy, sometimes you can’t see the woods for the trees.
“He doesn’t look interested and in football terms he’s getting away with murder.
“The least you expect from your strikers when things aren’t going well for them is to put a shift in but it’s like Balotelli is treated as a special case.
“It’s not the Liverpool way and I think Brendan could get a bit of flak when they’re losing games over his persistence with this player.
“You want 11 fellas out there fighting for you but he doesn’t even hold the ball up does ‘Super Fickle Mario.’ No he’s not for me.
“I think Liverpool are in danger of losing the dynamic of their dressing room if this continues.”