Mario Balotelli did Liverpool’s ugly work at Spurs, says Steven Gerrard

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard hails Mario Balotelli as a "terrific team player" after his Reds debut at White Hart Lane

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Steven Gerrard has hailed Mario Balotelli as a “terrific team player” after the Italian’s promising Liverpool debut at White Hart Lane.

The Italy international failed to find the net as the Reds ran out emphatic 3-0 winners against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, but the 24-year-old was not amongst the goal-scorers in north London.

If he plays well and works hard for these supporters, they’ll get behind him. He won’t have experienced support like that he’s about to get

Steven Gerrard

However, Liverpool captain Gerrard was still full praise for the controversial striker and reassured Balotelli that he would get better support from the club and its fans than he received at his previous employers.

“With all due respect to Manchester City and AC Milan, Mario is going to get a different kind of support here,” Gerrard told Liverpool’s website.

“These are the best fans in the world and traditionally they always get behind our strikers. I’ve told him it’s there for him.

“If he plays well and works hard for these supporters, they’ll get behind him. He won’t have experienced support like that he’s about to get.

“He’s a big, strong lad. He held it up terrifically well. All eyes were on him today and I thought he was a terrific team player. He did a lot of ugly work for the team and showed some really good touches.

“You’ve got to remember that he’s only had three lots of 45 minutes in pre-season, so with game time and getting used to the manager and players around him, he’s going to be a terrific player for us.”

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