Mario Balotelli needs to be consistent like Luis Suárez, says Liverpool boss

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says Mario Balotelli needs to be consistent to elevate himself to world class

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Brendan Rodgers says Mario Balotelli needs to match the consistency of Luis Suarez if the Italy international wants to become a world-class striker.

The 24-year-old has scored one goal in five appearances in all competition since his £16m move to Anfield from AC Milan in the summer transfer window.

I think Mario is potentially world class

Brendan Rodgers

Balotelli has been tasked with helping the Reds replace the void left by the PFA player of the year Suarez, who scored 31 top-flight goals last term.

And Liverpool manager Rodgers wants to see the former Manchester City striker perform consistently in a Reds shirt.

“Suarez elevated himself, that was clear,” Rodgers said.

“He wasn’t world class when he came in but when he left to go to Barcelona he had put himself in that bracket.

“He did that because of his consistency in scoring goals and keeping his performance level high.

“World class is about being at the highest level consistently, being at that level in your game consistently. That’s what takes you there.

“I think Mario is potentially world class. You can’t compare Suarez and him, but Mario is coming in as an international striker and he’s a talent, no doubt.”

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