The Italian manager has said that the player knows he’s running out of opportunities.
Former Manchester City and Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini has discussed his former charge Mario Balotelli, who is struggling in the early days of his career as a Liverpool player.
Mancini, who managed Balotelli at Inter Milan and brought the controversial striker to England in his time at Manchester City, told reporters in Paris:
“Mario is a good guy, but he is aware that Liverpool is probably his final opportunity to prove what he can do on the pitch. It’s his last chance.”
“I do often talk to him via text message, but only he can help himself now. He told me that he wants to and must score more goals for Liverpool.”
Balotelli will certainly heed the warning from Mancini, who is regarded as his footballing mentor in many ways. The Italian striker has always been regarded as a great talent, but has yet to produce consistently for a club. His languid style of play can often be confused with laziness, and certainly doesn’t fit Liverpool’s speedy pressing game.
Balotelli has yet to score in the Premier League for his new club, despite taking an impressive 4.6 shots per game.