Sunday 22 October 2017

Balotelli 'immensely happy' to net Liverpool winner

Mario Balotelli turns the ball home for Liverpool's winning goal in their Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield. Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images
Mario Balotelli turns the ball home for Liverpool's winning goal in their Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield. Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Liverpool assistant manager Colin Pascoe believes Mario Balotelli fully deserved his first Premier League goal which crucially gave them victory over top-four rivals Tottenham.

Balotelli had been left out of the previous three squads after a woeful substitute performance at Chelsea in the League Cup semi-final but Pascoe said the goal was just what he needed.

"Mario always works hard in training and recently he has been ill and he has had some knocks on his foot where he couldn't get his boot on," said the Welshman, standing in for Brendan Rodgers who had left to board a flight to Europe to watch a match today.

"It is testament to himself, he kept going and got his reward."

Considering he had waited all season for the goal, Balotelli did not look particularly pleased with his effort. There was no celebration and straight after the final whistle he headed off down the tunnel without shaking hands with team-mates or opponents, or acknowledging the fans who still back him despite his disappointing campaign.

"He is immensely happy. To get a winner at Anfield, I am sure he is happy. Again, with Mario he knew he would have a part to play and he certainly did," added Pascoe. "We needed to win tonight to get closer to the top. We always thought that. Our next (league) game is Southampton and we will look at that to get three points and keep closing the gap."

Irish Independent

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