‘Liverpool manager’s persistance with Mario Balotelli baffling’

John Aldridge doesn't think Mario Balotelli is suited to a lone striker role

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

John Aldridge can’t understand why Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers continues to play Mario Balotelli as a lone striker.

The Italy international extended his goalless run in the Premier League to nine games as Liverpool lost 2-1 to Chelsea at Anfield on Saturday.

He’s running offside and he’s coming into wide areas, then we’ve got no one in the box

John Aldridge

And former Liverpool striker Aldridge feels Balotelli has consistently proven that he is incapable of playing up front by himself since his £16m move.

“For me – and I played most of my career leading the line as a lone striker – Balotelli looks out of place, he looks uncomfortable,” Aldridge told talkSPORT.

“He doesn’t know where to run, or when to run, in that role.

“He’s played a lot of his time in the hole behind the striker, as a number ten, or in the wide position, yet you see him leading the line for us and he’s so frustrating because he’s running offside and he’s coming into wide areas, then we’ve got no one in the box.

“As a striker you’ve got to isolate your centre-backs, you’ve got to get on their shoulders, work them and peel off them and get in behind the back-four.

“You also create space for your team-mates with that movement, but Mario doesn’t know what to do.

“So I’m a little bit baffled Brendan has persisted with that.”

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