Paul Scholes questions Liverpool’s summer transfer business
Paul Scholes insists that Liverpool's problems this season go deeper than a misfiring Mario Balotelli
Paul Scholes has questioned Liverpool’s summer transfer business and claimed that Mario Balotelli is unfairly being made a scapegoat at Anfield.
The Italy striker has never been far away from the headlines following his £16m move to Merseyside from AC Milan over the summer.
The 24-year-old netted just his second goal in 12 appearances in midweek as Liverpool booked their place in the League Cup quarter-finals with victory over Swansea City.
It is a basic truth in football that good forwards make the whole team look better
But former Manchester United midfielder Scholes feels that Liverpool’s struggles this season are not purely down to the controversial forward’s stuttering start at Anfield.
“Another week of Mario Balotelli stories and I cannot help thinking he is an easy target,” Scholes told the London Evening Standard.
“There are some players at Liverpool getting away with murder while Balotelli cops a lot of the stick. His name, his reputation – even his body language on the pitch – they all add up to the kind of player who attracts criticism.
“It does not detract from the reality that Liverpool lost Luis Suarez, their best player and key goal-scorer last season, and their next best striker – Daniel Sturridge – has been injured for so long. It is a basic truth in football that good forwards make the whole team look better.
“Balotelli has at least taken the spotlight off some of the other summer signings. Dejan Lovren has struggled. Lazar Markovic has not scored a goal yet and he cost £20m.
“Alberto Moreno is quick but is yet to convince as a defender. Adam Lallana is the only one who looks like he is comfortable with the shift, and at £25m I think he was overpriced.”