Jordan Henderson says that he is delighted that Liverpool's Mario Balotelli has got off the mark for the Reds.
Balotelli notched Liverpool's first goal of the match in their unconvincing 2-1 win over Ludogorets in the Champions League and Henderson said he was delighted that the new signing had hit the back of the net for the first time at Anfield.
There is a weight of expectation of Balotelli's shoulders after arriving at the club this summer, as he looks to compensate for the void left by Luis Suarez's departure, and Henderson believes that his goal last night should help fill him with confidence.
"It will be really important for him and the club as well because he is off the mark now and I think that will give him the confidence to go and get a lot more," he said to BT Sport.
"He worked his socks off and he got his just rewards.
"It is always important to get off the mark so it is nice it has come for him in the Champions League and hopefully he can get another one at the weekend against West Ham."
Henderson has just been made vice-captain by Brendan Rodgers and his motivational words in the press suggest that he has an attitude suited to the role.
The England international has developed into one of Liverpool's key stars and he will be aiming to show he has the credentials to take over from Steven Gerrard when he retires.
Henderson's energy in midfield has been a vital component of their recent success, but Balotelli's role in the team this season is arguably even more important.
The Reds built the foundations for the rise up the table on their ability to attack and they will need Balotelli to keep hitting the back of the net if they are to keep their position in the top four.
A number of teams in the Premier League are making strong claims to usurp them this campaign and Balotelli will play a vital part in their attempts to hold off the chasing pack.
The Italian international has proven to be a match-winner previously and the hope is that, with a few more games, Rodgers can guide him to new heights as a player.