Balotelli explains measures he is taking to find his scoring boots

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli says there are things both he and his manager can do to help him return more goals this season.

Mario Balotelli has underwhelmed in his fledgling Liverpool career thus far.

Despite making seven appearances in combined Premier League and Champions League competitions, Balotelli has returned just one goal - from 32 shots on goal.

The poor goals to shots ratio is, of course, not a question of talent as Balotelli has demonstrated striking ability at Manchester City, AC Milan and even for the Italy national football team.

Such is Balotelli's woeful form, Antonio Conte overlooked the player in his most recent Azzurri squad, with Southampton star Graziano Pelle seemingly called-up instead.

During the international break, Balotelli has been analysing his performances and has identified what he can do to re-find his goal-scoring touch.

“I need to get in the box more," he said to talkSPORT, in a simple statement that echoes what Brendan Rodgers has been imploring the player to do, in order to make the most of his physical advantages.

"I don’t do it enough, but it is something I am working to try to do more. I have never been a real, out-and-out striker – I have always been someone who goes around the pitch, you know?"

Perhaps Balotelli will shine when Daniel Sturridge returns from injury as Balotelli hints that he could benefit from a shift in tactical approach.

“If it was my choice, I would always go with two strikers. It’s the way I like to play, but Brendan asked me to play as the first striker.

"I understand that when the ball comes from wide on the left or right, I need to be in the box otherwise there might be no-one there at all.”

Liverpool take on Queens Park Rangers on Sunday and Balotelli will be expected to be in fine form.


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