Liverpool star Mario Balotelli has taken a firm interest in studying the club’s storied history since his arrival from AC Milan for £16 million, as revealed by manager Brendan Rodgers, who sees the player learning the past as part of his attempt to become a hero at the Anfield club, as reported by the Daily Star.
Balotelli added a new chapter to the annals of Liverpool’s history with his goal against Ludogorets in the Champions League on Tuesday night, the club’s first game in the competition since 2009.
It was his first strike for the club since his move towards the end of the transfer window.
It now seems as though he is studying the club’s past.
Rodgers said: “He’s a boy who has really looked into the history of the club and he understands the great strikers of the past.
“When I spoke to him when I first met him he still had this keenness to want to learn and when you see his work against Ludogorets, he put his body on the line and he needs to do more of that.
“I think that will come when he gets fitter and getting into good positions will allow him to score goals. But he’s well in tune with the history, not only of the club, but of Liverpool.”
Balotelli was brought in to cope with the departure of Luis Suarez, who moved to Barcelona this summer for £75 million. He has been handed a key role by the injury suffered by Daniel Sturridge, who was ruled out for a few weeks as a result of a hamstring injury suffered while on duty with England.