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Rush: Balotelli has to learn the way Liverpool play

The 53-year-old had encouraging words regarding the Italian after his goal against Swansea.

Liverpool great Ian Rush told Sky Sports that he thinks Mario Balotelli will benefit from his goal against Swansea this week, and will be working on settling in at Liverpool and learning their style of play while waiting for Daniel Sturridge to return to fitness.

Balotelli made a big impact for the Reds off the bench in Tuesday's League Cup game with Swansea, scoring the leveller for the home side with just minutes left on the clock, before Dejan Lovren scored the winner deep into injury time.

Liverpool assistant Colin Pascoe told the media after the match that the striker had tweaked his knee before the game as the players warmed up, so Balotelli's introduction with 10 minutes to go was really the last throw of the dice with the Reds trailing to Marvin Emnes' volley.

And the club's record goalscorer Rush emphasised that although the forward's goal, his second since arriving at Anfield this summer, won't instantly make things right for the Italian, it will likely give both Balotelli and his side confidence.

“I’m not saying it’s going to change straight away," said the Welshman. "But what I’m saying is as much as people want to write him off too quickly when he’s not scoring, he was getting the chances. I don’t mind that if you’re missing the chances. He’s doing something right.

“Even though he’s scored a goal now it doesn’t mean he’s going to score loads of goals. He’s got to work at it and I’m sure he will, under Brendan he’ll work at it, but I think it’s given himself and the team the confidence.

“When you look at Balotelli, he learns the way that they [Liverpool] play. The way Liverpool play maybe a little bit different than to what he’s used to but, he’s got to learn the way that Liverpool play, he’s got to learn how to get behind defenders as well as hold the ball up. And with time that will come.

“He’s missing the likes of Sturridge as well, someone to help him. Once everyone comes together I think it will be fine. It just takes its time. We’ve got new players, it takes time for them to adapt, not just Balotelli.”

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