Sturridge can bring best out of Balotelli, says ex-Liverpool manager
Mario Balotelli and Daniel Sturridge can form a good partnership at Liverpool, according to Roy Evans
Daniel Sturridge can bring out the best in Mario Balotelli, according to Roy Evans.
The Italy international scored his first Reds goal in the Champions League on Tuesday night after moving to Anfield in a £16m deal from AC Milan last month.
I think maybe if he [Sturridge] plays with Balotelli they will be a good pair. His movement is vital to make space for Balotelli and for [Raheem] Sterling
Liverpool are currently relying on Balotelli following Sturridge’s thigh injury, and former Liverpool boss Evans is confident the duo can form a good partnership.
“Balotelli has still got a fair amount to prove,” Evans told talkSPORT.
“I think he probably misses the movement of Daniel Sturridge. He will make more spaces for Balotelli to get into. It’s very easy to be critical in the first two or three games, it takes a while.
“Maybe at this stage he’s started to come a little too deep, but if he gets in the box he’s got that strength and ability to stick them in the back of the net.
“He just needs to be a little bit more positive and maybe the team needs to be a bit more positive around him because the last two games have been poor in quality.
“Daniel Sturridge has got great movement, he moves in and around different places. He’s not always up front. He likes to get down the flanks, he likes to come deep. And I think maybe if he plays with Balotelli they will be a good pair. His movement is vital to make space for Balotelli and for [Raheem] Sterling.”