Owen: Mario Balotelli is the man to save Liverpool’s season
Former Anfield favourite Michael Owen has claimed that Mario Balotelli is the man to save Liverpool’s season, and believes the Italian can fill the void left by Daniel Sturridge’s injury.
The £16m man, who joined the Reds from AC Milan this summer, is yet to find the net in the Premier League so far this season, but Owen believes Balotelli will find his feet during the busy Christmas period.
“The timing of Daniel Sturridge’s latest muscle injury couldn’t be worse for Liverpool with plenty of big games between now and the January transfer window,” Owen told the Daily Mail.
Liverpool go into Sunday’s game against Crystal Palace in a disappointing 11th place in the Premier League, looking to win their first match in four. And Owen, who made over 200 appearances for Liverpool, believes there is only one candidate to start up front.
“The only obvious solution is for Brendan Rodgers to get the most out of Balotelli. He is more than capable and the upcoming fixtures are not the most daunting. It’s a big opportunity for Super Mario to do the business and I think he will.”
This fixture will be one of some trepidation for Rodgers’ side after they squandered a three-goal lead in the space of 11 minutes in the game last season, swinging the title race in the favour of eventual winners Manchester City.