Liverpool's Mario Balotelli shirt competition doesn't get desired response

The club offered the Italian's shirt in a competition but it didn't get the response on their Facebook page that they would have liked.

Mario Balotelli hasn't had the best of starts to life at Liverpool, having failed to get off the mark in the Premier League for the club, and registering only the two goals for the club since his £16 million signing from AC Milan in the summer.

After being well-received initially by many Liverpool fans, his performances on the pitch haven't done much to keep the affection of some of the Reds faithful, as questions surrounding his performance level and attitude have dogged the infancy of his career on Merseyside.

Some have put it down to the Italian having the responsibility of playing up front on his own, some say he is too lazy and doesn't put in the required effort for his team.

Liverpool's official Facebook page offered fans the chance to win a shirt with 24-year-old's name and number on the back, and it didn't go down well - but there were a minority of fans who defended their summer signing.


Some of the comments alluded to the time he swapped shirts with Real Madrid defender Pepe at half-time during their 3-0 defeat to Real Madrid at Anfield last month, whilst plenty of other comments alluded to his perceived lack of effort and work rate.

A selection of the comments were: - "Is it half time already?"

- "Can I trade for a Kolo Toure shirt?

- "[at] Least there won't be any sweat stains from any over exertion!"

Some have suggested that when fellow striker Daniel Sturridge returns from injury that the Italian will feel more at home in the Liverpool team and start finding the net with a degree more frequency as Balotelli looks to turn around his fortunes at Anfield.

The Reds looking to recover from a very disappointing start to the campaign which sees them in the bottom half of the Premier League, and their hopes of qualifying from their Champions League group in the balance.

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