Mario Balotelli had close to a dozen shots against Everton but didn't find the back of the net.
Mario Balotelli had ten shots on goal in the Merseyside derby game against Everton but couldn’t find the back of the net once, which would have been the decisive strike in an otherwise tight game.
The Italian failed to score due to a mixture of things; Tim Howard’s skill, poor accuracy and some good defensive work from the Everton backline to put the striker in difficult positions.
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However, regardless of the excuses it’s a standout stat from Liverpool’s performance over the weekend, which Brendan Rodgers will be eager to improve over the next couple of days as the Reds prepare for a Champions League trip to FC Basel.
On another day, Balotelli could have scored a hat-trick against the Toffees but it wasn’t to be and it is encouraging to see him so heavily involved in the play as he gets his teeth into the season.
Rodgers can do one of two things if he sees the ten shots but no goal as a problem.
Firstly, he can play on Balotelli’s attitude and effectively leave the striker to figure out how to be more precise on his own.
He’s now got a great deal of experience in Premier League and top flight football around Europe and should already be all the more determined to react positively in Liverpool’s next game.
Secondly, Rodgers could step in and try to engage Balotelli over how to improve his accuracy.
That’s the more difficult of the two options because in terms of his technique, Balotelli is already a very good striker and there’s not too much wrong.
The cliché goes if it’s not broken, don’t try and fix it and Rodgers will more than likely back his £16 million summer arrival to find the back of the net numerous times on the next occasion he has a double figure amount of shots on goal.