Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel feels sympathy for struggling teammate Mario Balotelli after the Italian fired yet another blank in the 0-0 home draw with Hull City.
The Italian international striker joined the Reds in the summer from Serie A outfit AC Milan for a reported £16 million fee.
His arrival was received with a mix reaction from the Anfield supporters, with many questioning his ability to replace former Kop hero Luis Suarez who opted to join Barcelona.
The Uruguayan goal machine netted 31 times in the Premier League last season, and the task of replacing him was also going to be difficult for Balotelli.
But while many observers predicted this, not many forecasted such a struggle as the 24-year-old has now gone seven Premier League games in a Liverpool shirt without finding the net.
His teammates have been rallying around him following his latest blank at home to Hull City, with defender Martin Skrtel showing sympathy for the downbeat striker.
"He is working hard and showed some good moments. I feel sorry for him.” He said, quoted by Sky Sports.
He is working hard in training, he is working hard in the game. He just hasn't got the goals. We just believe in him. We will be supporting him and just hope he will start scoring goals."
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Balotelli’s efforts are certainly not up for discussion as the striker has totalled 32 shots in the league during his short stint at the club so far, with ten of those being on target.
During his two year spell at Manchester City, the controversial striker netted 20 league goals in 54 games and helped the club lift the title in 2012.