Amidst huge criticisms about continuous underperformance, Mario Balotelli seems to have at least one strong supporter. He is none other than his Liverpool mate Martin Skrtel & the star defender has extended his sympathy and support for the striker whole heartedly.
The Italian striker has not been able to come up with a goal in Barclays League post his sign-up with the Reds under a huge 16 mn pounds deal last August. His very luckless run even continued till last Saturday, throwing him into severe sparks of criticism from varied quarters.
Balotelli was never the worst footballer on pitch & his dedicated display extended some encouragement post his highly criticized endeavors in recent weeks. However, his shirt swapping in the half-time of Real Madrid match once again got the spotlight on him. His underperformance with goals were highlighted again & while Jakupovic (Eldin) denied the player at point-blank, it commanded several headlines.
In fact, a bookmaker even ridiculed the Italian striker’s lack of outcome which was not only cheap but mean as well.
However, the Italian has got his defence in fellow teammate Skrtel.
“He’s working really hard & did come up with some great moments”, said Martin. “I am really feeling sorry for the guy. He’s working really hard, both in the training room & in game. It’s just that he hasn’t been able to come up with goals. We do believe in the guy. We would be there in his support and hoping hard that he gets to bounce back with his usual goal scorer self.”
The Reds’ performance has been tad patchy yet they were able to come up with some spectacular spells, especially in the 1st & final 15 minutes- & the Italian striker was at fore. He was able to bring a fantastic early save in the Hull match.