Liverpool’s demise has been one of the stories of the Premier League season so far.
The Reds were last season’s great entertainers, scoring 101 Premier League goals and missing out on that elusive title by just two points.
Brendan Rodgers’ side won plenty of plaudits for their style of attacking football, often blowing teams out of the water with their fast paced, high intensity start to matches.
But without 31-goal striker Luis Suarez, the Reds have looked a little lost so far this season, losing three of their opening six Premier League matches and picking up just seven points from a possible 18.
And the man brought in to replace Suarez is yet to fire in the Premier League.
Mario Balotelli is a man who seems to divide opinion and one Liverpool legend this week made it perfectly clear what he thinks.
Mark Lawrenson said of the former Manchester City striker: “Mario Balotelli had a decent game but he is a big lump up front. He offers a different kind of threat.
“He [Balotelli] doesn’t have pace and he’s never going to score 20 goals a season.
“I already believe Rodgers is going to have to make a move for a fast, pacey striker during the January transfer window, especially if [Daniel] Sturridge is going to miss chunks of the season through injury.”
And the facts so far suggest Lawrenson is right with Liverpool yet to win a Premier League game in which Balotelli has started up front on his own.
Of course it is early days for the Italian, but here we have identified five things he needs to avoid if he is to ultimately fail at Anfield.
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