Liverpool legend blasts Balotelli…He’s waste of space, he storms

BaloFORMER Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson has laid into Mario Balotelli after the Liverpool striker’s latest faltering performance in the goalless draw with Blackburn in Sunday’s FA Cup quarter final.

The misfiring Italy international, who has managed only four goals in all competitions since his £16million summer arrival from AC Milan, was brought on after 59 minutes but failed to impress as the game ended 0-0 to force a replay at Ewood Park.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, Lawrenson let fly with a scathing attack on the former Manchester City star who he labelled “a waste of space”.

“Forget about Mario Balotelli. He is an absolute waste of time. He shouldn’t be anywhere near this team,” he said.

“I can see why Brendan Rodgers threw him on today as he might just create something, but 99 times out of 100 he will let you down.”

Match Zone statistics from the game showed that Balotelli managed only a single shot on target after coming on as a substitute and appear to support Lawrenson’s claims. Balotelli’s performance comes just days after he posted a cryptic Instagram message suggesting that one of his team-mates did not like him.

Although, having angered his teammates by taking a penalty away from Jordan Henderson during an Europa League clash with Besiktas and with statistics showing he has include only created six chances for his team-mates all season, it is hardly surprising that the 24-year-old’s popularity is waning.


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