A former Liverpool great has had his say on a current under-fire front-man.
The Italian forward played the entire match against Hull City on Saturday but failed to score yet again as his side could only manage a 0-0 draw with the Tigers.
And in an interview with the Liverpool Echo, Hamann said the next few months will decide just how Balotelli is remembered at Anfield.
“I feel a bit sorry for Mario,” Hamann said. “I think he is lost. He looks lost as a person.
“He needs all the help he can get and all the support. If the fans turn the other way, we may lose him.”
Balotelli has played 786 minutes of football for Liverpool this season, but has scored just once in that time and he looked no closer to breaking his Premier League duck against Hull on Saturday.
The criticism is beginning to come thick and fast for the former Manchester City front-man, with some calling for the likes of Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini to be given a sustained run in the team and others suggesting Raheem Sterling should be pushed up front.
But whatever happens, Hamann believes Balotelli has to take his share of the blame for his poor showings.
“From now until Christmas is make or break for him,” Hamann said. “If he is ever going to make it as a footballer, this is his time.”