Drop Mario Balotelli, bring in Sheyi Ojo: How Liverpool can restore feel-good factor

Dropping Mario Balotelli from the squad and bringing in Sheyi Ojo could restore the feel-good factor at Liverpool for Brendan Rodgers.

Under-fire Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers should look to restore the feel-good factor around Liverpool over the next three games by introducing exciting prospect Sheyi Ojo and leaving Mario Balotelli out altogether.

With Liverpool’s season all but over, largely thanks to a torrid April, Rodgers now needs to get fans and players back on side as he prepares for next season and what will likely have to be a successful campaign in order for him to keep his job.

The former Swansea manager has come in for a lot of criticism from fans recently, with one of the main issues being his persistence with the consistently disappointing Balotelli. The Italian has started in two of Liverpool’s last three games but hasn’t scored a Premier League goal since February, which came in the 3-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur.

After missing the 2-1 win over Queens Park Rangers through injury, now could be a good time to give the former Manchester City man the season off in order to open a squad position up for exciting attacking midfielder Ojo.

Why should Rodgers bring in Ojo?

The 17-year-old enjoyed a good loan spell at Wigan this season, despite the club’s plight, and has returned to the squad in good form.

The youngster could give Rodgers the energy and the will to fight for a place in the squad that Balotelli is currently lacking in, and also provide another positive talking point for supporters ahead of next season.

If Lambert can perform like he did against QPR on Saturday until the end of the season, the system would allow for one more attacking winger to come into the squad and look to make an impact.

Along with Sterling and Ibe, Ojo offers a threat from a wide position and the unpredictability that defenders don't like. 

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