Liverpool legend Mark Lawrenson has criticised £16 million summer signing Mario Balotelli’s performances since moving to the Anfield club, as reported by the Daily Star.
The Italian international was brought in to Merseyside towards the end of the summer transfer window, in part to replace talismanic striker Luis Suarez, who moved to Barcelona shortly after the World Cup.
He has failed to impress, however, and his display against Queens Park Rangers symbolised a striker lacking confidence in his ability.
The forward missed opportunity after opportunity, many of which were easier to score, and then earned the wrath of his teammates by choosing to shoot rather than pass when they were better placed to attack.
His display against Real Madrid last night was not much better, and as a result, Balotelli was taken off at half time, with the Reds losing 3-0 to the Spanish giants.
Lawrenson is worried about Balotelli’s displays, and said: “Balotelli is 24-years-old and a dad. Everybody thought it was time for him to settle down, but, if anything, he is getting worse.
“At Queens Park Rangers on Sunday he gave a non-performance, and then last night, it was sheer madness.
“It is all about Mario Balotelli. He lives in his own little world, but there is no ‘I’ in team. That sums him up.”