Liverpool’s poor performance highlighted the problems Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is having up front and with his new-look defence.
At times Liverpool were all over the place and were easily bullied.
The most shocking was Mario Balotelli’s performance, his shooting was terrible but what made things worse was that his link-up play was close to non-existent too.
After six Premier League games Mario Balotelli has yet to score a single goal for Liverpool and missed an open goal against QPR on Sunday, frustrating team-mates and fans alike.
Liverpool eventually won the game 3-2 on Sunday, no thanks to Balotelli. He has attempted more shots (30 including blocked) without actually scoring than any other player in the top five European leagues this season.
Adam Lallana’s shot was parried by goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, leaving ‘Super Mario’ with a simple task from eight yards out. However, the ball ballooned over the bar, much to the amusement of the home fans. Such a miss won’t do anything for Balotelli, or his current perception in the public eye. His game has to improve massively.
Liverpool may have got away with it this time, and still somehow won the game thanks to two goals, but they will not always be so lucky. Balotelli barely celebrated when his side wrapped up the three points. At times, he can look, at best, frustrated and, at worse, uninterested. Nonchalance maybe part of his personality but it doesn’t send out a great message when he is playing so badly.