Mario Balotelli needs to be loved, Andrea Pirlo tells Liverpool
Andrea Pirlo says Brendan Rodgers must manage Mario Balotelli in the right way
Mario Balotelli needs to be loved if Liverpool want to get the best out of the striker, according to Andrea Pirlo.
The Italy legend has played alongside Balotelli on numerous occasions in the international set-up, including Euro 2012.
Balotelli swapped AC Milan for Liverpool in the summer, but the £16m signing has only scored one goal in 12 appearances.
And Juventus midfielder Pirlo says it is the job of Brendan Rodgers to manage Balotelli in the most beneficial way.
“The difference between other players and Mario is that every action he takes is going to be scrutinised,” Pirlo is quoted as saying by Daily Mail.
“The media is interested in him, and things he does are going to be highlighted – where perhaps with other players they would not get such a reaction – or maybe even no reaction at all.
“There is no question over his talent – I have played with him and I know how good he is and how good he can be. It is the job of the Liverpool coach to manage him in the right way.”
“He needs to be loved, he needs direction, but most importantly he needs to know that the coach believes in him,” Pirlo added.
“If he spends time with Mario – I know he can still go on and be a great player for Liverpool.”