Mario Balotelli hits back at his critics by insisting he CAN become a ‘top’ player for Liverpool

November 21, 2014 admin No comments

Mario Balotelli celebrates scoring a Champions League goal against Ludogorets (Picture: REUTERS)

Mario Balotelli has hit back at his critics over his Liverpool goalscoring record after insisting he will start netting more goals for the club.

The Italian striker has endured a difficult start to life at his new club since completing a £16million move to The Reds from AC Milan in the summer, having netted just two goals in cup competitions and failing to open his goalscoring account in the Premier League.

Despite struggling to replace the goals of former Liverpool star Luis Suarez in his short time in Merseyside so far, Balotelli has now responded to criticism over his perceived lack of effort during games by rating his performances as ‘seven [out of 10], because I run more than before.’

Mario Balotelli is focusing on scoring more goals for The Reds (Picture: Getty Images)

Balotelli went on to tell Fox Sports Australia: ‘The goals, they will come. It is something that’s just not coming at the moment. But it’s not something that has just gone.

‘Run, like I’m running now, I’ve never run like this.

‘I don’t need people to believe in me so long as I believe in myself. The important people for me are my family and my few close friends, as long as they believe in me.

‘Some think because I didn’t score and didn’t start well this season that I can’t be one of the top players, a really good player for this team. That’s their business.

‘I don’t care what stories people say about me because I know they are lying.’

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