Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli hits back at his ‘stupid’ critics

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli insists that he pays no attention to his critics

Mario Balotelli has hit back at his critics, insisting that he pays no attention to what other people have to say about him.

The 24-year-old has failed to impress following his £16m transfer to Liverpool from AC Milan over the summer and has only managed two goals in 14 appearances so far this season.

But the striker says that he does not spend any time thinking about what his detractors are saying about him.

“I know that if people like or don’t like me, they will read what is written about me,” Balotelli told BeIN Sports.

“The press must sell newspapers and have to write funny or stupid stories. People don’t want to read: ‘Mario is at home with his daughter’. They want to read: ‘Mario broke his car’. So they lie and say stupid things because people read them.”

He continued: “I know that score is very important for a striker. I remember when I was young, I played 20 minutes and I scored a goal. The fans loved me. Today I play, I don’t score, but fans still love me,” said the forward.

“It’s great from Liverpool fans. I really appreciate [their support]. When I go again to score, I think it will be 80 per cent because of them. Because they have always believed in me.”

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