Liverpool’s season continued to falter yesterday as they were defeated by Crystal Palace in London. The Reds are now in 12th place with just 14 points, yesterday’s 3-1 loss was on the back of losing Daniel Sturridge until 2015 and having Mario Balotelli missing with an injury picked up on international duty.
Mario Balotelli was signed by Brendan Rodgers from AC Milan at the end of the summer transfer window for a fee of £16m but the Italian has failed to score in the Premier League in 9 showings. Fox Sports Australia conducted a special interview with Super Mario, as he hit back at critics, saying he deserved a 7 out of 10 for his time on Merseyside so far. The 24-year-old has struggled and even received a hammering from Serie A legend Francesco Totti who said he doesn’t listen to anyone.
Balotelli responded to Totti: “How can he (Totti) speak about me when he doesn’t know me? I hope and I want to believe someone twisted his words. If he said that, how can he?”. The Italian also believes he is a better player now because he does more running at Liverpool than he did Manchester City.
Balotelli began his career at Lumezzane before moving on to Inter Milan in 2007. He played 59 Serie A games for Inter Milan, scoring 20 times and then moved on to Manchester City for almost €22m in August 2010. Balotelli added to the 3 league titles he won at Inter with the Premier League success of 2011/12, a season where he netted 17 in 32 in all competitions. Mario joined his boyhood club AC Milan for €20m in January 2013 and the controversial striker scored 26 in 43 in Serie A before returning to the Premier League with Liverpool this summer.
So, is Mario Balotelli actually worth a 7/10 to Liverpool this campaign or has Brendan Rodgers made an error bringing in the 33 time capped Italian?