Raheem Sterling has called on the entire Liverpool team to pitch in and help Mario Balotelli to score the goals Luis Suarez managed last season.
The Uruguayan ace netted 31 times in the Premier League during 2013/14, which was almost enough to fire the Reds to a first title in 24 years.
Since then Suarez has left to join Barcelona in a £75m deal, but Liverpool have moved on by snapping up the equally controversial Balotelli.
The enigmatic Italian only joined the club last week, but he was handed his debut against Tottenham in the 3-0 win on Sunday.
‘Balo’ did not directly contribute to any of the goals, but his awareness in the box has received praise, and Sterling – who has already fired two times in three games – has called on the rest of the squad to weigh in to help the 24-year-old fill Suarez’s boots:
“Luis will be missed, obviously,” he is quoted by talkSPORT. “With 31 [league] goals in a season, anyone would miss him. He’s a massive loss, but the manager has brought in other players to fill the void.
“I haven’t come across Mario too much, but he has the ability and the goalscoring ratio to achieve great things here.
“But obviously not everyone’s going to score 31 goals, so the plan is to chip in with more goals across the team.”
Top 10 all-time goal scorers for Liverpool (all competitions)
Goals Player 346 286 241 228 183 Goals Player 175 172 158 151 130