Since Mario Balotelli signed for Liverpool, not a press conference has passed without manager Brendan Rodgers being probed on the Italian: is he fitting in? Is he difficult?
Sure enough, after drawing another blank midweek against Ludogorets, Rodgers was again forced to answer on Balo ahead of tomorrow’s game against West Brom.
Rodgers conceded that though Mario’s playing well, ‘he needs to improve his numbers’, as that’s what he’ll be judged on.
With just one goal and zero assists so far, things can only get better.
Note that Rodgers also included ‘assists’ along with the necessity for goals, which is a big ask: in his entire time at Manchester City, Balo managed just 1 assist (albeit a huge one, to win the Premier League title in 2012).