BBC pundit and ex-Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson has launched a scathing attacking on Mario Balotelli, following yesterday’s 0-0 draw with Blackburn at Anfield.
“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.”
The criticism of Balotelli seems a little harsh from the former Reds hero, given the fact he actually performed better than many of his teammates and looked fairly bright when he came on.
Lawrenson has also contradicted himself somewhat, having called the £16m purchase of the Italian a “no brainer” last summer.
The Match of the Day pundit played 356 games for Liverpool between 1981 and 1988, winning five league titles, one European Cup and one FA Cup.