Dietmar Hamann backs 'proven' Liverpool striker to come good

Liverpool legend Dietmar Hamann has given his backing to new Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli.

Italian striker Mario Balotelli has had a very slow start to life at Liverpool after sealing a £16 million move back to the Premier League from AC Milan during the summer.

After losing Luis Suarez to Barcelona, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers took a big risk in recruiting the 24-year-old who had a troubled time during his last stint in England's top-tier with Manchester City.

Despite this, Dietmar Hamann, who made 199 appearances for Liverpool between 1999-06, believes Balotelli will prove his worth to the club.

He told Shoot: “Well I think for the money paid, he is a great signing.

“He is an international player with a proven pedigree, and he has proved his worth in the game.

“The only problem is his attitude. At Manchester City he had allies in the camp, but Brendan (Rodgers) has got the whole squad behind him at the moment and if he does misbehave, they will tell him that he can’t do that.”

The German's comments come just after the talented forward was slammed by AC Milan chairman Silvio Berlusconi for being a 'bad apple' in the Italian club's dressing room.

Balotelli has stated himself that he will come good, but if he really wants to make it at Liverpool he needs a change of fortune and quick. Currently he has only scored one goal in eight appearances for the Reds.

That's the kind of form you would expect to see from a central defender or midfielder, not someone who has been purchased predominantly to score goals.

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