Henderson: This is what Balotelli did well in the derby

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Jordan Henderson says that Mario Balotelli did a good job of helping out his Liverpool teammates in the Merseyside derby at the weekend.

Jordan Henderson says that Mario Balotelli's work-rate in the Merseyside derby impressed him.

The front-man was unable to get off the mark in the Premier League for the Reds in the match against Everton, which finished in a 1-1 draw, but Henderson still said Balotelli's performance caught the eye. 

“I thought he worked back very well,” Henderson said to the Liverpool Echo.

“He nicked back some balls in midfield and we counter attacked from there. It was very good from Mario."

Balotelli is often a figure who is not praised for his desire to help out his teammates and can appear lazy, but Henderson clearly feels the Italian has worked on his facet of his game since joining Anfield.

The £16 million summer purchase is in a make or break period of his career after his attitude problems have been exposed at previous clubs.

Balotelli is as famous for making headlines off the field as he is on it, but his record since joining Liverpool has been exemplary, in that respect at least.

There have been very few signs of the fiery temperament that many had worried would tarnish his career, but his top form has also not been evident.

A player who has proven to be a match-winner at every other club he has represented in his career, Balotelli has endured a rather quiet start to life on Anfield.

He hasn't been helped out be the form of his teammates, but he must also take some responsibility for his off colour displays.

The former AC Milan man was signed as the player to score the goals to lift Liverpool back up the table, but there have been few signs he is ready for this role as yet. 

At the moment, Brendan Rodgers' men are badly struggling and only a serious up-turn in their performances will see them consolidate their position in the top four which they worked so hard to achieve last campaign. 

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