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Why Mario Balotelli is partly at fault for Liverpool’s poor start to the season

Liverpool’s marquee signing of the summer, troublemaker Mario Balotelli, has had a very underwhelming start to his Liverpool career.

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Liverpool’s inconsistent start to the Premier League season has led to criticism of various people: Steven Gerrard, Brendan Rodgers and even Raheem Sterling, the bright spark of the team. However, I put the blame down to the newest member of the squad: Balotelli.

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He has been the focal point of the team since the start of the season but he really hasn’t proved he’s worth the £16 million Liverpool payed for him.

Although he did get one goal against Ludogrets Razgrad in the Champions League, he has been very quiet and his form has been poor. He missed countless chances against QPR on Sunday, including squandering an effort with the goal empty and gaping from 8 yards out. He has also missed countless opportunities against Everton, Aston Villa and various other opponents the Reds have faced.

Another point is, when he misses these chances, he doesn’t seem too gutted with himself. This, and his lazy efforts on the field without the ball, makes the impression that he isn’t giving 100% on the pitch. His wayward shooting is no excuse for his lack of passing – For all his matches for Liverpool and Manchester City, he has only made one assist – the assist to Aguero’s title-winning goal against QPR two years ago.

In fact, instead of working hard on the pitch, he is just getting more and more media attention, as this video shows…

The Liverpool team’s brilliant partnership and togetherness may be disrupted by his lack of passing, grumpy nature and the amount of time Rodgers spends on man-managing the troublemaker and not working on the team as a whole!

Where is Balotelli in this goal celebration?

Where is Balotelli in this goal celebration?

Exactly! Nowhere…

The fact is, I’m not the only Liverpool supporter who hasn’t been pleased with him. When Liverpool signed him, I was reassured that he was a ‘fantastic finisher’. At this rate, the only thing he’ll finish is Liverpool’s team spirit and top-four ambitions…

'Balotelli' will always end in 'I'.

‘Balotelli’ will always end in ‘i’.

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