Ex Liverpool boss reveals what will take Balotelli's game to next level

Former Liverpool manager Roy Evans believes Mario Balotelli's individual form will improve drastically when Daniel Sturridge returns to the team.

Mario Balotelli's substandard form since returning to the Premier League has been well-documented, but the player inspired a dramatic Liverpool comeback last night as the Reds overcame Swansea City to reverse a 0-1 score to a 2-1 triumph.

With Balotelli's equaliser against the Swans, which came just before Dejan Lovren's winner, the Italian can now push on and contribute to more game-changing outcomes.

But there is also one other factor that can drastically improve the striker's form - and that is the return of English forward Daniel Sturridge, who can "inspire" Balotelli to "greater things".

That is the opinion of former Liverpool manager Roy Evans.

He told talkSPORT: "[Balotelli] has had a few chances over the last few games, so it was nice to see him put one in the back of the net. That will be good for his confidence and the team's as well.

“His work rate on the pitch hasn’t been good enough," appraised Evans, a League Cup winner with the club in 1995. "The one thing you must always give as a footballer is 100 per cent. I think the players were starting to lose a bit of trust in Mario, but scoring a goal last night will hopefully bring that back.

“I hope it takes him and the team forward," he said.

On the return of Sturridge, he added: "Sturridge’s movement is great, he doesn’t just stand up there.

"Mario is a bit static at the moment and if Daniel gets moving in and around him that could inspire Mario to greater things," he concluded.

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