International teammate calls for Reds fans to give Super Mario some love.
Juventus star and renowned beard wearer Andrea Pirlo has said that he believes Mario Balotelli needs to feel loved in order to get the best out of him, according to the Daily Star.
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The £16m summer signing has only found the back of the net once since his move from AC Milan, and has failed to find the target in the Premier League.
His poor performances and lack of goals have called for some Reds fans to even question why Brendan Rodgers splashed out on £16m to sign him in the first place.
But despite that, his international colleague Pirlo believes that all it will take for him to get his mojo back is a little TLC.
“The difference between other players and Mario is that every action he takes is going to be scrutinised,” he said.
“The media is interested in him, and things he does are going to be highlighted – where perhaps with other players they would not get such a reaction – or maybe even no reaction at all.
“There is no question over his talent – I have played with him and I know how good he is and how good he can be. It is the job of the Liverpool coach to manage him in the right way.
“He needs to be loved, he needs direction, but most importantly he needs to know that the coach believes in him.
“If he spends time with Mario – I know he can still go on and be a great player for Liverpool.”
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