Former Chelsea and AC Milan striker Hernan Crespo has warned Liverpool that the club have signed a player who is too inconsistent in front of goal, and that the club should not expect too much from him in the coming season, as reported by the Daily Star.
Brendan Rodgers, after significant consideration over a large segment of the summer transfer window, decided to replace departed striker Luis Suarez with Balotelli, who cost the Merseyside club £16 million.
Despite having returned to his boyhood club AC Milan from Manchester City only a year and a half ago, Balotelli was keen on a move away from the Italian giants this summer.
His record at Milan is quite impressive, with the striker having scored 30 goals in only 54 appearances for the club.
Despite this, Crespo is of the opinion that the player will never become a 25 goal a season forward, as a result of the inconsistency in his play.
He said: “People’s judgments about [Balotelli] really come down to what expectations you have.
“If you think he’s going to score 25 goals a season, then you’ve got it all wrong.
“He’s never had that consistency. He can decide a game with one amazing moment, but you can’t ask him to do it all the time.”