When you are infamous for making nasty mistakes both in and out of the field, not everyone takes you as the accused, in fact, you find some supporters as well. Like, what happened in case of former Liverpool striker Suarez who bit Italian played in the world cup and was criticized by all over the world, but then found a backer in Barcelona president who praised his sportsmanship to accept his mistake on a public platform and also signed him later. Likewise, Liverpool’s newly joined former Manchester City’s Italian forward Mario Balotelli is finding a ground support from his teammate amid his failed performances in Anfield debut. The 25-year-old forward Daniel Sturridge is possibly the first one after club president who says that Italian top performer is finding it difficult to cope up with the atmosphere in England; perhaps he even calls him unfortunate one for not living up to the expectations on his second English spell.
Sturridge, who has not played since August for his thigh and calf problems, also bets that Balotelli would find it hard to extent his English career even in this spell – this is something that he has experienced playing with City last year. But anyways, the 16 million pound baby finally scored for his new side in Capital One Cup win against Swansea last Tuesday which could be his first motivating factor for rest of the English season. Talking about him, his personal charisma, and why he is being dragged into controversies repeatedly by the media, Sturridge said in his recent interview, “Mario is really cool and I get along with him — I enjoy working with him. He is just a regular young guy, but everyone says similar things about him like he is wild and then he ends up getting stereotyped.
“He is under the microscope and he is at that level where he is known around the world and he does get scrutinised. I think the average 24-year-old or guys who go to university who are a little younger will have done a lot crazier things than him. Everyone makes mistakes and has flaws — he is just finding his way.”
It is also noticeable that Italian striker got a broad support from Liverpool fans in the last game which is a new thing for the former City mate; otherwise, he is used to face negative media coverage and fans hooting almost in every game he recently played in. Let’s hope he would prove his critics wrong and get back into the business to take Liverpool up in the leaderboard!