Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer has been analysing Mario Balotelli’s performance for Liverpool against Queens Park on Sunday,
The £16 million summer signing played the entire 90 minutes of the Premier League encounter at Loftus Road, which ended in a narrow but thrilling 3-2 victory to the Reds.
Balotelli has struggled for Liverpool so far this season, and his failure to score continued on Saturday as he is yet to break his league duck for the Reds.
The former AC Milan star had just two of his seven shots against QPR on target, missed one big chance and had only 36 touches of the ball (click here to read more).
Former England international Shearer was not impressed with Balotelli’s display against Rangers, but the 44-year-old had some sympathy for the ex-Manchester City striker.
‘Up front, Mario Balotelli had a shocking game and has now gone six Premier League games without scoring since joining Liverpool’, he wrote on BBC Sport.
‘Balotelli's shooting was terrible but what made things worse was that his link-up play was close to non-existent too. His general all-round game has to improve massively, but he will get even more criticism for it while he is not scoring goals...
‘I know that nonchalance is part of his personality but it does not send out a great message when he is not playing well. I did feel a bit sorry for him early on against QPR because he was not getting much service.
‘As a former striker I know that is tough. When it happens, you tend to drop deeper and go wider in search of the ball, which is what Balotelli was doing’.
Balotelli was isolated up front and was also moved wide on the right for a period in the second half, which made it even tougher for him to score. However, the former Inter Milan striker missed an easy chance, and that he cannot afford to do.
Italy international Balotelli is a talented striker, but he needs to step up his game – and needs to do so soon.