Liverpool assistant boss Colin Pascoe has detailed what Mario Balotelli is doing to try and turn around his form at the club.
The Italian has been slated for poor performances over recent weeks, as Liverpool have hit a rough patch of results.
There have been calls for him to step up and try to make a difference in attack, as boss Brendan Rodgers mulls over when to bring Daniel Sturridge back into the first team setup.
Balotelli has been trying to get into good habits in first team training with Pascoe showing no hesitation in defending him.
“Everything will be alright with Mario because you know his hunger is there and he wants to win,” said Pascoe.
“After every training session he wants to do shooting, passing – he wants to do everything, to work on his game. We as coaches will help him that way.”
Balotelli’s £16 million arrival at Anfield created hope and expectation that the Italian would finally be able to settle down at a big club for the rest of his career, as ‘bargain’ was branded all over reports of the deal.
However, the Italian has struggled with his only goal in Liverpool colours coming in the Champions League game against Ludogorets.
His comments hint at the start of a possible change in his mentality because it would be extremely easy for the striker to lethargically accept things as they are, conforming to his perceived reputation as an overly egotistical player.
He’s trying to do something about why he’s in such a poor run of form. His next challenge is to make sure the extra training pays off in games and when he finds the back of the net, he has to then do it consistently.
Balotelli has had to deal with accusations from fans that he doesn’t care throughout his career but that certainly doesn’t seem to be the case at Melwood.