Robbie Fowler has told the controversial striker to be patient at Anfield.
Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler has told Mario Balotelli to stay patient, as the Italian tries to bring himself back into Brendan Rodgers’ starting line-up, reports the Daily Star.
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Despite featuring regularly this season, Balotelli has found himself used more as a substitute lately, but Fowler believes his Liverpool career can still take off.
“The important thing as a substitute is to come on and try to make a difference, and he has certainly done that in the last couple of games,” Fowler said.
After a difficult start to the season for Balotelli, recent performances have suggested that he may be starting to repay the £16m Liverpool paid for him last summer.
The 24-year-old scored the winner in a 3-2 victory against in-form Tottenham Hotspur, before setting up the deciding goal against Crystal Palace in the FA Cup.
Fowler believes that if Balotelli can continue to make a positive impact on the game, Liverpool manager Rodgers will have to consider starting the former Manchester City striker once again.
“We want him to keep doing that, try to make it difficult for the manager to leave him out. He’s a talented player,” the former striker continued.
“He’s certainly looking better now; maybe the performances, the goal and the assist in the last couple of games will benefit him, and let’s hope so.”