"It was a wonderful finish," said Brendan Rodgers of Mario Balotelli's first ever Liverpool goal as the Italian, a £16 million acquisition from AC Milan, struck a vital blow against visiting side Ludogorets Razgrad in a Champions League match staged at Anfield earlier this evening, Tuesday.
It was Balotelli's third game for Liverpool and the 24-year-old had begun to attract criticism due to a brace of underwhelming performances in Premier League duty. However, against Ludo, Balotelli returned an 88% passing accuracy, completed three dribbles, created two goal-scoring opportunities and scored one goal from seven shots.
Having witnessed Balotelli on the training ground at Melwood, combined with his outings against Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur, manager Rodgers and his coaching staff at Liverpool discussed a tactical switch involving their main striker.
"We said to him to be in the box more," the Ulsterman explained to ITV after the Reds win.
"He's got great technique and so can spend some of his time outside of the box, but inside he's got that strength and power [so we asked him to be inside the area more] - it was a great finish."
Liverpool now have three points from a possible three in Group B, with their next fixtures including a trip to Switzerland to take on FC Basel before a tough home examination against Real Madrid on October 22.