Jamie Redknapp: Liverpool are ‘really really poor’; Mario Balotelli’s a ‘disaster’

Jamie Redknapp

Jamie Redknapp criticises Liverpool following their Champions League exit and claims that Mario Balotelli has been a “disaster signing”.

Jamie Redknapp has been analysing Liverpool’s exit from the Champions League on Tuesday.

The Reds failed to progress to the last 16 of Europe’s premier club competition following a 1-1 draw with FC Basel.

Liverpool needed to win at Anfield to qualify from the group stage, but they failed. And failed miserably.

It was only after Steven Gerrard’s trademark free-kick goal in the 81st minute that the Merseyside outfit saw a ray of hope of picking up all three points from the encounter.

Redknapp, a former Liverpool midfielder, has criticised the performance of the players as well as some of manager Brendan Rodgers’s decisions.

“What happened today has mirrored their Premier League form,” the 41-year-old told Sky Sports. “The new signings haven’t been up to scratch.

“Four of them - (Adam) Lallana, (Emre) Can, (Alberto) Moreno and (Lazar) Markovic were on the bench. This is the biggest game of the season and Brendan Rodgers isn’t playing his big signings…

“As it stands at the moment, they are really really poor. I feel sorry for them as there’s no Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez has obviously gone.

“The players they have brought in have not played as expected to. (Mario) Ballotelli has been a disaster signing, and they have got to do better.”

Redknapp’s analysis of Liverpool is spot-on, but spare a thought for Mario Balotelli. He was not even on the substitutes’ bench against Basel.

Why always Mario?

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