‘Liverpool need to sort defence before worrying about Mario Balotelli’
Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp happy to see Reds keep a clean sheet
Jamie Redknapp has told Liverpool to sort out their problems at the back before worrying about Mario Balotelli’s lack of form.
The Reds kept their second clean sheet in eight Premier League games as Brendan Rodgers’s side played out a goalless draw with Hull City.
They really have to go back to basics in terms of not conceding goals
Balotelli, who moved to Liverpool in a £16m deal from AC Milan in the summer, has been under scrutiny in recent weeks after an eight-game goalless run.
But former Liverpool midfielder Redknapp reckons Balotelli could improve if Liverpool can lay solid foundations moving out from the back.
“The only good thing you could talk about at Anfield on Saturday was Liverpool keeping a clean sheet. It was their second at home in seventh months. For a team with title aspirations, that’s just not good enough,” Redknapp wrote in the Daily Mail.
“There has been a lot of recent focus on the strikers and Mario Balotelli in particular for not scoring, but they really have to go back to basics in terms of not conceding goals.
“That is the foundation of any good side and once that stability is in place, maybe then Balotelli might get firing. If they are solid by the time Daniel Sturridge gets back, he will definitely start adding goals to the mix.”