Liverpool defender Kolo Toure has backed teammate Mario Balotelli to prove that he is one of the world’s best strikers after the Italian ended his goal drought on Tuesday, reports the
Having arrived from Milan in August for a fee of £16m, Balotelli has struggled so far in a Liverpool shirt and as a result has been heavily criticised for his lack of goals and a perceived lack of work rate. Before scoring his side’s equaliser in the 2-1 victory over Swansea City in the Capital One Cup, he only had one goal to his name in 11 outings.
The 24-year-old has been playing predominantly as a lone striker since moving to Anfield, partly due to the absence of Daniel Sturridge. Some have suggested this as a reason for his struggles, but Toure believes he can now hit the ground running for the Reds.
“For strikers, goals are like food,” said the Ivorian. “Mario needs to feed himself by scoring goals. Now he’s got that one he will do that now, definitely. Getting that goal will be fantastic for his confidence. He is a great player, he has just been lacking goals.
“Mario is my mate and I’ve tried to help him like Stevie (Gerrard), the manager and everyone else in the dressing room. We all know he’s a top player. I always tell him ‘you need to get out there and show you are one of the best players in the world’. He is one of the best. He has just been missing goals but they will come now.”
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