Balotelli is a big mistake

Cian Carroll

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Cian Carroll

Liveprool striker Mario Balotelli pictured on his debut against Tottenham Hotspur
Upon hearing hearing the news in the summer that Liverpool were planning on bringing Mario Balotelli in as a sort of replacement for Luis Suarez, I couldn’t help but think it had disaster written all over it.

Upon hearing hearing the news in the summer that Liverpool were planning on bringing Mario Balotelli in as a sort of replacement for Luis Suarez, I couldn’t help but think it had disaster written all over it.

The club were always going to be hit hard losing a player like Suarez but for all his individual quality, Brendan Rodgers’ side worked so well last year because they played as a team. Each player had their role within a well-oiled machine and they knew it adeptly.

The problem with Balotelli – and there are numerous – is that no one is quite sure where his strengths lie and putting a player like that a side with rhythm will only ever upset the balance.

Whilst Sturridge and Suarez dovetailed and interchanged beautifully, Balotelli’s static, almost lazy movement results in a constant breakdown of Liverpool’s attacks.

Brendan Rodgers’ transfer record is far from exemplary but the signing of Balotelli may be his gravest mistake yet.