Liverpool Can't Afford To Carry This Passenger
I can already hear a chorus of “give him time” from the last remaining Reds fans who are desperate for Balotelli to come good (after all what are the alternatives) but the writing is on the wall – this is a failed experiment and Balotelli simply doesn’t have the work ethic or more for that matter the team ethic to play for Liverpool.
Brendan Rodgers said as much damning Balotelli with his wholesome praise of his half time replacement Lallana who worked “tirelessly” in his manager’s opinion and that was the least required for a Liverpool player said the Reds boss.
Balotelli’s lacklustre approach is also having a detrimental effect on the players round him and his failure to square for Sterling, instead electing to shoot (again) drew exasperated body language from the teenage starlet.
After making the ill-judged decision to swap shirts with Pepe at half time Balotelli succeeded in drawing un bridled criticism from the home fans and he’s got a lot of work to do if he’s ever going to be a fans favourite.
I think he’ll be sold in January though. It was worth a try and considering some of the other big money transfer flops in recent memory this won’t be one of the worst