Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini also deserve criticism for Liverpool struggles

Alongside Mario Balotelli, there are two other Liverpool strikers who have struggled to make an impact this season.

Much has been made of Mario Balotelli’s limited impact since his summer move to Liverpool.

To date the 24-year-old has scored just four times in 27 appearances for the Reds, and he is yet to provide a single assist.

With Daniel Sturridge injured for much of the campaign, it was up to Balotelli to provide the goals, but that has not been the case and the criticism has been plentiful as a result.

But are we missing something when we cast all the blame the way of the Italian international? After all, Liverpool have other striking options who have also fallen short, in the form of Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini.

Lambert’s record is even worse than Balotelli’s in that he has scored only three times in 31 appearances; a stark contrast to his final campaign at Southampton, when he netted 14 times and provided 11 assists.

How Liverpool could have done with that this season, as they could from a Borini who remained at Anfield last summer to fight for his place but has done little to justify his stay.

He may have been used sparingly, but one goal and two assists in 18 appearances is simply not good enough.

So yes, as the most expensive player and the star-name Balotelli should really have done more this season. But he is not alone in that regard, far from it.

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