Liverpool legend Ian Rush says that Mario Balotelli can learn from Daniel Sturridge after signing for the club.
The Italian completed a £16 million move from AC Milan yesterday and is widely expected to be one of the Reds’ key players following his arrival.
However, Rush still thinks that he will have to play a back-seat role in comparison to his strike-partner, and that Balotelli will be able to learn from Sturridge’s example.
“When Suarez was playing with Sturridge, they interacted with each other,” he told talkSPORT. “They read the game together. Balotelli and Sturridge will do that. It’s called a football brain.
"I‘m sure Balotelli and Sturridge will do the same. Sturridge learned a lot from Suarez and I’m sure Balotelli will learn from Sturridge.”
In signing Balotelli there can be few questions about the 24-year-old’s quality, but there are some concerns about his temperament.
Balotelli has a history of making headlines on the field as well as off it, and he will need to curb his fiery attitude and show signs of maturity if he is to be a success.
He comes to the club at a time when they are in need of some positivity, after last night’s defeat to Manchester City has raised some concerns.
The 3-1 reverse that the Reds suffered has left supporters questioning their side’s title credentials this season and there is even a fear that they could slip out of the top four.
This is largely due to the departure of Luis Suarez, who was unquestionably their most influential star last season, and Balotelli arrives knowing that he has big boots to fill as a result.
Rush, however, seems to suggest that Sturridge will remain the side’s main man, even with the headline arrival playing alongside him.
The England international centre-forward managed 21 goals last season and will be keen to build on that showing this time around.