Liverpool latest: Reds fan favourite slams Balotelli, Carragher praises Toure

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Liverpool's season isn't off to the best of starts, with many of Brendan Rodgers' signings coming in for stern criticism having failed to hit the heights of last season. The one player to get the most stick is striker Mario Balotelli, and now ex-Liverpool midfielder Ray Houghton says that the Italian isn't a team player.

"He is not a 'team player' and has failed to adapt," Houghton told "He needs to come short more often and get involved in the build-up, but he isn't doing that. This is not a big surprise, he was the same at Manchester City and both Milan clubs.

"The frustrating thing is that it can work. The best performance of the season was the 3-0 win at Tottenham on Balotelli's debut in August. He linked up well with Sturridge, with Sterling playing at the head of a diamond."

Another new signing to have hit the headlines for the wrong reasons is Croatian centre back Dejan Lovren, who has struggled since arriving from Southampton.

He and Martin Skrtel were poor against Chelsea, just days after Kolo Toure excelled against Real Madrid, and whilst Jamie Carragher admits Toure impressed, he acknowledged that Lovren, Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho are the future for the Reds.

"Kolo Toure came in and had a really good game at Real Madrid," Carragher said. "He did really well but at his age now you have got to look at the other three for the future and for right now."

"He was unfortunate not to play against Chelsea but in the long-term you have to look at Sakho, Skrtel and Lovren and they have to be fighting it out between themselves."


Finally, recent rumours have speculated that Liverpool could look to recall Belgian striker Divock Origi from his loan spell at Lille, but the 19-year-old says he's staying in France.

"I'm staying at Lille for the rest of the season, that's a decision I made at the start of this season and I'm sticking to it," said Origi. "Liverpool gives me a lot of feedback and they follow my progression, but there haven't been any talks about joining the team next winter already."

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