99 times out of 100 this Liverpool player will let you down, blasts BBC pundit

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Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson was not impressed with Mario Balotelli.

Renowned pundit Mark Lawrenson blasted Mario Balotelli’s performance during the 0-0 FA Cup draw with Blackburn Rovers, telling the BBC the Italian striker is 'an absolute waste of time'.

The former Manchester City striker was introduced as a second-half substitute and his presence arguably hampered the Reds’ chances of winning rather than boosting them.

In one particular instance, the 24-year-old picked up the ball 30 yards from goal and opted to try his luck from distance rather than play in his teammates who were overlapping on either side.

Rightfully, his strike which ended up closer to Row Z in the Anfield Road end than the Blackburn goal was met with groans around the stadium as frustrations began to boil.

It was a poor performance from Balotelli, and his lazy approach prompted former Red and regular BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson to irritably brand him an absolute waste of time.

"Forget about Mario Balotelli. He is an absolute waste of time. He shouldn't be anywhere near this team. I can see why Brendan Rodgers threw him on today as he might just create something, but 99 times out of 100 he will let you down,” Lawrenson commented for the BBC.

  Goals per GameShots per GameKey Passes per GameTouches per GameAccurate Passes per GameBall Recoveries per GameAppearances
Daniel Sturridge 0.33 3.44 0.78 32.22 15.67 2 9
Mario Balotelli 0.08 3.69 0.62 28.77 10.69 2.31 13

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, it just hasn’t happened for Balotelli since arriving at Anfield and in comparison to Daniel Sturridge his lack of sharpness in front of goal is telling.

Although Balotelli takes more shots on average per Premier League match than the England international, Sturridge is both more prolific and creative, as illustrated by his higher average number of goals and key passes.

Balotelli evidently has ability and on his day he’s unplayable, but such days come around only once every so often and his decision-making leaves much to be desired and frustrates those around him.

He can still be a success on Merseyside, however he will need to adapt his game or else he will only ever be restricted to being a bit part player.

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