Michael Owen believes Liverpool should bring Divock Origi back to the club six months earlier than originally planned.
The Belgian was signed by the club for £10 million this summer, only for a clause in the deal to be agreed that saw him loaned back to former club Lille for the season.
Owen, then, feels the perfect solution is to bring Origi to Merseyside in January - even if it costs the club several million pounds.
If I was Brendan Rodgers I would pay an extra few million and try to get Origi to the club 6 months earlier than originally agreed.— michael owen (@themichaelowen) October 22, 2014
On Balotelli himself, meanwhile, the former Liverpool striker defended him somewhat, suggesting that he did not deserve 'all the blame' for the Reds' 3-0 defeat to Real Madrid last night.
Owen did, however, suggest that the Italian could be in trouble at Anfield because his team-mates have lost faith in him.
I'd still start Balotelli at the weekend. I'm not a big fan of his but he has more class than most. Harsh to put all the blame on him.— michael owen (@themichaelowen) October 22, 2014
Last point on Balotelli. Most worrying thing is his team mates' body language towards him. Once you lose their respect it's a big struggle.— michael owen (@themichaelowen) October 22, 2014
After another poor first-half display during Liverpool's Champions League loss to the European champions, Balotelli was substituted at the break - but not before he swapped shirts with Real centre-back Pepe.