Thierry Henry: Liverpool's Mario Balotelli is the biggest disappointment of the season


Former Arsenal star describes Liverpool's Mario Balotelli as his biggest let down of the season.

Thierry Henry has picked out Mario Balotelli as the most disappointing player of the 2014/15 Premier League season.

The Reds paid £16 million for the Italian international, who arrived with a reputation of being full of baggage off the field but talented on it.

The striker was not faultless away from the pitch, yet on it he could barely put a foot right, and failed to deliver for Brendan Rodgers' side.

Henry told The Sun when asked about his most disappointing player of the season: "It has to be Mario Balotelli at Liverpool. We were all hoping he would deliver — everything was there for him to perform.

"They certainly needed his goals with Luis Suarez having left and Daniel Sturridge suffering injury problems. But for Balotelli, it has not happened so I give real credit to the Liverpool fans who backed their man throughout."

It was evident heading into the 2015 that Balotelli's Liverpool career was on the ropes, and he could not turn it around and was infrequently selected by Rodgers, often with unconvincing claims about injuries cited by player or club.

The former Manchester City striker's reputation has taken a battering this season, and it is hard to see him still being a Liverpool player when next season kicks off.

  TeamGoalsTouches per gameAppearances
Mario Balotelli Liverpool 1 27.75 16

He has failed to produce on the pitch and Liverpool can't afford to have him around off it, when he is not contributing.

Balotelli scored just one league goal, a winner against Tottenham from close range, and touched the ball on average under 30 times per appearance.

The striker is not the only one to disappoint this season, Manchester United's Radamel Falcao for example is another, but Balotelli is a sound choice by Henry, and the Italian cannot dispute the hard facts that he just did not score enough goals in the opportunities he was given.

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