Daniel Sturridge sticks up for Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli
'Mario is really cool and I get along with him,' says Daniel Sturridge
Daniel Sturridge insists that Mario Balotelli is “just finding his way” and is backing the striker to develop into a top player for Liverpool.
The Italy international has been the subject of plenty of negative headlines since his summer move to Anfield from AC Milan following a string of disappointing performances.
Balotelli, 24, was also criticised for swapping shirts at half-time of last week’s Champions League clash with Real Madrid.
But Reds striker Sturridge insists that he gets on well with the former Manchester City man.
“Mario is really cool and I get along with him – I enjoy working with him,” Sturridge told The Mirror.
“But everyone says similar things about him like he is wild and then he ends up getting stereotyped.
“He is under the microscope and he is at that level where he is known around the world and he does get scrutinised.
“I think the average 24-year-old or guys who go to university who are a little younger will have done a lot crazier things than him.
“Everyone makes mistakes and has flaws – he is just finding his way.”