Lineker turns Balotelli's catchphrase against him after Chelsea loss

Gary Lineker has tweeted in response to Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli's latest poor showing, this time against Chelsea.

Back in 2011, Mario Balotelli played his part in Manchester City's 6-1 hammering of Manchester United, calmly slotting home the opening goal before unveiling a t-shirt with the message "Why always me?"

The slogan was in response to reports that the Italian international had set fire to his own house with fireworks, but it would go on to become something of a mantra for the player.

Since his summer move to Liverpool, it is fair to say Balotelli has not repaid much of the £16million the Reds forked out for him.  Two goals and no assists in nearly 1,000 minutes of football is simply not good enough and Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker took to Twitter after the match against Chelsea to give his own succinct assessment of the striker's contribution.

'Balotelli fails to score again,' Lineker tweeted.  '"Why never me?"'

Turning the Liverpool forward's catchphrase on its head was a smart way of showing just how far the player has slipped, with just a single shot on target against Chelsea telling its own story.

  GoalsGoal AssistsShotsShots on targetPassing AccuracyMins Played
Mario Balotelli 0 0 1 0 76% 79

The Liverpool forward also had a passing accuracy of just 76 per cent and his contribution was minimal in a match the Reds would have hated losing given their recent history with Jose Mourinho's side and their faltering form both domestically and in Europe.

Balotelli still has time to turn things around, but that sentence is being written far too often and in truth the time is beginning to run out.

Some have said the next month or so is crucial in the player's Liverpool career; and as he continues to make little impact few would disagree.

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