Liverpool legend John Barnes talks up the club's upgrade on Mario Balotelli

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The 51-year-old has praised the positive approach of Brendan Rodgers' new striking figure - Christian Benteke.

After a disappointing campaign last time out, Liverpool's attempt to put things right in the new season hasn't quite gone to plan as of yet. A leading factor in their slow start has been their lack of goals, despite the large investment the club has made in reinforcing their attacking unit.

The Reds have scored just four goals in their six top-flight games so far, but a certain John Barnes believes that his former club can be hopeful of producing a better attacking product this time around, when all is said and done.

Speaking in an interview published by the Daily Star, the Premier League veteran offered some clear thoughts on the current landscape of Liverpool's striking core; insisting that they have a better chance of succeeding up top in the new season.

"It’s a completely different partnership [Sturridge and Benteke compared to Sturridge and Balotelli], Benteke is a completely different kettle of fish," Barnes said.

“He has a much better attitude, so I’m hopeful [he’ll be a better option alongside Sturridge]."

The Belgian striker has grabbed two of Liverpool's four league goals to date, which although doesn't sound a great deal six games in, is a figure that already eclipses Balotelli's efforts of the previous season.

He scored just once in 16 appearances for Brendan Rodgers' team, before sealing his recent return back to Italy with AC Milan.

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