Diabolical Liverpool star has 8 shots off target, only 10 passes completed

A by the numbers look at Mario Balotelli's Merseyside derby nightmare.


Mario Balotelli turned in a wasteful performance as Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Everton.

The summer signing from AC Milan squandered numerous chances, landing only 2 of his 10 shots on target.

By far the worst of the lot was a clear cut chance from yards out, from which he could only divert the ball onto the woodwork.

Perhaps most worryingly of all, was Liverpool's inability to get the striker into the game - and involve him in any of their passing and movement.

The striker completed only 10 passes, giving away possession on more occasions, 13 times in total.

Liverpool appear to really be struggling to click over the last few weeks, and get their new signings to gel.

£25 million addition Lazar Markovic also failed to shine, with the main bright spark being winger Raheem Sterling.

The England international created six chances, only three less than the entire Everton side, but will be reflecting on Mario Balotelli's failure to put the ones which came to him away.

Daniel Sturridge's return from injury can't come soon enough for Liverpool, for the prolific forward would surely have scored from 10 attempts, and would have been an absolute certainty to hit more than two on target. 

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