Former Liverpool attacker Ryan Babel believes that Mario Balotelli is in a similar situation to the one he was once in at Anfield, and that he’s not getting the support he needs to be a hit.
The Italian forward completed a shock £16m move to the Merseysiders from AC Milan over the summer, with many, at the time, dubbing the 24-year-old to be the ideal replacement for sold star Luis Suarez.
However, ‘Balo’ has not been the success that Reds chiefs had hoped he would be, with just two goals – neither in the Premier League – to his name so far.
Once a hot prospect at Liverpool, Babel’s career with the club fizzled out, with the Dutchman making less than 100 appearances in three-and-half years before being ousted in a cut-price switch to Hoffenheim.
And the Kasimpasa – a Turkish top tier side – ace believes that Baloteli is not getting the right support at the moment, as he did during his time as a Kop star:
“People think every player should be treated the same, but sometimes you have exceptional players who need a different approach to get the best out of them, and that is Mario.” He told talkSPORT.
“I don’t know him personally, but judging from the outside he should have different support. We know he has potential and is a good player. He has shown that before at other teams.
“If I look at myself, people said in the past I didn’t show it [my best form] every week.
“I also felt I didn’t really have the optimum support to get the best out of me, so I think maybe it’s the same with Mario. But I still believe in his quality.”