Why Mario Balotelli's bizarre latest quotes should worry all Liverpool fans

The Reds striker claims he has been better at Anfield than he was during his Manchester City career. Really, Mario?

Mario Balotelli doesn't help himself.

The Italian's miserable start to his Liverpool career has seen plenty of critics rightly question both his ability and attitude.

But that has led many supporters to, in return, question why so much media attention is focused on the striker instead of how bad Liverpool's back four and midfield have also been.

Well, things like the following explain exactly why... Balotelli says he deserved a 6.5/10 for his time at Manchester City - but says he has been BETTER during his time at Anfield.

"I give myself half a point more, so seven – because I run more than before. I run, I'm running now – I've never run like this...so I give myself half a point more,” he told Fox Sports, as quoted by the Daily Mirror.

Really, Mario? If he is running more now... was he sitting down during his Manchester City career?

There seems to be a severe degree of cluelessness about the 24-year-old's latest interview. Many Liverpool fans can tell you exactly why Balotelli is yet to come good on Merseyside. He is not a lone striker; he does not move (or run!) enough to make that role work. He needs Daniel Sturridge's return to bring the best out of him.

But the problem for those, and indeed all, supporters is that Balotelli himself doesn't seem to understand that. And that is a big worry for the Reds.

“The goals will come,” he continued. “It is just something that is not coming at the moment – but it (goalscoring) has not gone. It will come.

“Even if some think because I didn't score, or because I started not very good this season that I will not be a top player or a really good player for this team, it is their business, so long as I believe in myself.”

At least the Italian has belief - many no longer do. If that belief is enough, then Liverpool fans should demand no less than the real Mario Balotelli. One that actually appears to believe in the shirt he is wearing, not just himself.

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