Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has told Mario Balotelli that he can learn from former Reds forward Luis Suarez.
The Italian forward moved to Anfield from Milan after Suarez quit Merseyside for Barcelona, as Balotelli, the former Manchester City frontman, netted his first goal for his new club in the UEFA Champions’ League win over Ludogorets.
Rodgers has spoken with Balotelli and pointed to the example of Suarez as how he can develop.
“Mario has really looked into the history of the club. He understands the great strikers of the past,” Rodgers said.
“We’ve spoken about Suarez and his time here but if you’re clever, you’ll learn and remember he’s still young and still learning the game and he still has this hunger to do well.”
“When I first spoke to him, first met him, he had this keenness to learn.”
“He’s prepared to work. You saw his work-rate, and okay the ball bounced off him a couple of times and we’re trying to improve him in the transitions so that when he makes a mistake he can go after it, but I think you can see what he’s trying to put in for the team. He needs to do more of it, and it will come.”