Mario Balotelli: I know Liverpool fans love me already

Mario Balotelli vows to repay Liverpool fans with goals

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Mario Balotelli is already feeling the love from Liverpool fans following his summer transfer to Anfield.

The 24-year-old striker has netted one goal for the Reds since completing a £16m move to Merseyside from AC Milan in August.

I see they appreciate that I am working hard

Mario Balotelli

And although the Italy international accepts that he needs to improve his goal-return, the forward is feeling settled at his new club.

“I can see already that the Liverpool fans really like me, although I know that maybe they are a little upset because I don’t score,” Balotelli told Sport magazine.

“I see they appreciate that I am working hard, though, which is nice for me.

“I know I have one goal in the Champions League, but in the Premier League I have to start with one. After that, I might set myself a target, but I swear – right now my first league goal is my first and only objective.

“I need to get in the box more. I don’t do it enough, but it is something I am working to try to do more. I have never been a real, out-and-out striker – I have always been someone who goes around the pitch, you know?

“If it was my choice, I would always go with two strikers. It’s the way I like to play, but Brendan [Rodgers] asked me to play as the first striker.

“I understand that when the ball comes from wide on the left or right, I need to be in the box otherwise there might be no-one there at all.”

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