We’re all trying to help Balotelli, says Liverpool star

Philippe Coutinho is adamant that he and his Liverpool team-mates are doing all they can to adapt to life with Mario Balotelli up front.

The controversial Italian has been grabbing the headlines for much of the week after his questionable decision to swap shirts with Real Madrid’s Pepe at half time with his side trailing 3-0.

The incident has done little to endear ‘Balo’ to Reds fans, who have already begun to question his suitability to their team’s system and his desire to perform.

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Balotelli arrived over the summer in a £16m deal from AC Milan, with Brendan Rodgers looking to the 24-year-old to replace the influence of Luis Suarez – who joined Barcelona.

Coutinho – one of the Merseysiders’ key creative players – says that his side are still adapting to their new strikers, and that everyone is working hard to turn things around:

“We’ve been getting to know each other little by little.” The 22-year-old is quoted by the Daily Star.

“Each striker has their own style and training sessions help me understand how they prefer the ball to reach them.

“In my position, it’s important that I create clear opportunities for them.

“I have to adapt my style to all strikers – as does any player who is in charge of playing in the No.10 role.

“We have to create open chances regardless of who the strikers are.”