English Premiership

Carragher on Balotelli

2014-08-21 12:30
Mario Balotelli (AFP)

Cape Town - Jamie Carragher believes Daniel Sturridge would keep Mario Balotelli out of the starting lineup if the striker moves to the club.

According to teamtalk.com, Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher does not rate Mario Balotelli's chances of making the starting XI at Anfield. 

“They definitely need a striker, there’s no doubt about that,” he told skysports.com.

“At the moment they only have Daniel Sturridge and Rickie Lambert - it looks like Fabio Borini is going to move on - and you need strikers.

“Would he be the final piece of the jigsaw? Would he make the starting XI if everyone was fit and firing? Who knows?

Balotelli is still young at the age of 24 and has proven himself to be a goalscorer in both England and Italy.

Balotelli has scored 30 goals in 54 games for AC Milan over the past two seasons while the Italian scored 30 goals in 80 appearances while at Manchester City.

“At the moment Daniel Sturridge has got 36 goals in 50 games for Liverpool and at this moment he is the main man up front."

“Would Brendan then accommodate another striker, whoever that may be, like he did with Luis Suarez?

“He has lots of options now, Brendan Rodgers, and I don’t think he will play the same team too often so they do need those options.”

Carragher weighed in briefly on Balotelli's darker side. “Balotelli is a player who has been here before and did a lot of stuff that was good for us in the media."

"He probably didn’t quite show his potential at Manchester City and that, coupled with his off-the field problems, probably saw him depart." said the ex-Reds defender.

“He’s the Italian number one striker and you want to see good players here. Liverpool do need a striker.”

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