Brendan Rodgers will reportedly keep faith with the Italian against Hull City. But the stats don't look good...
So Brendan Rodgers is set to start Mario Balotelli against Hull City, according to reports.
But would Rodgers reconsider if he realised that Balotelli's Anfield career has got off to a worse start than the man he sold - Andy Carroll?
|2011/12||Goals||Assists||Dribbles Won||Aerial Duels Won||Successful Final-Third Passes||Shots||Apps||Mins|
|2013/14||Goals||Assists||Dribbles Won||Aerial Duels Won||Successful Final-Third Passes||Shots||Apps||Mins|
The 25-year-old is now at West Ham, after Rodgers himself lost faith in the striker. Granted, he offloaded Carroll to the Hammers because he felt he didn't fit in with his style of play - but does Balotelli?
The Italian has failed to score or assist a goal in his first six appearances, while Carroll at least scored once in his opening few games. The latter did make one more start during Liverpool's first eight games with him in the squad but still only played a few more minutes and still took 12 less shots.
Interestingly, the pair completed the same amount of final-third passes and dribbles - but West Ham United man Carroll was far superior in the air.
Rodgers will hope, though, that Balotelli can produce something out of nothing against Hull. But will it happen?