Why can’t he do things like this during a game?
In a season which has been frustrating at times, the conundrum surrounding the form of Mario Balotelli appears to be the most puzzling issue facing Brendan Rodgers in the summer, should the Italian remain with us next season.
The 24-year-old came to Anfield with a reputation that seemed to make the £16m spent on him seem like money already down the drain. Since then, just one Premier League goal – the winner against Tottenham in February – has failed to change practically any of the opinions of the controversial striker.
With that in mind, it would arguably be the perfect stage – should Daniel Sturridge fail to prove his fitness in time – for Balotelli to show that Rodgers was not wrong to take a chance on him, by scoring at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final against Aston Villa, and potentially sending them into the final.
He warmed up for the crucial game on Sunday by demonstrating – frustratingly – that the quality is there in the former Manchester City striker. During a game of head tennis in training, Balotelli connected perfectly with an overhead kick that clinches that particular point for his team, but more importantly seemed to impress his teammates and coaches.
Imagine if he could do this at Wembley?