Liverpool fans are already looking ahead to the January transfer window as injuries and a lack of form have seen the Reds struggle through much of their 2014-15 Premier League campaign thus far. The need of an in-form striker and a confident goalkeeper are widely known, as both Mario Balotelli and Simon Mignolet are struggling to impress.
England striker Saido Berahino is reportedly a target for Rodgers in January as reported by The Daily Mail‘s Rob Shepherd, who understands that Liverpool will have to produce a £25m bid to lure the striker to Anfield.
Balotelli has found himself under fire since his move to Merseyside. The misfiring Italian striker is alleged to have confronted a female resident who was taking photographs of his red Ferrari, and also capped a miserable individual performance against Real Madrid by swapping shirts with defender Pepe at half-time.
In contrast, Berahino has flown out of the blocks with West Brom, notching seven times from nine Premier League appearances to sit third in the scorer rankings behind Diego Costa and Sergio Aguero. Moreover, the 21-year-old has given accomplished performances against Burnley, Sunderland, Liverpool and Manchester United, showing that he has the potential to develop into one of the Premier League’s most exciting young strikers.
Nevertheless, the Liverpool manager keeps faith in Balotelli although he again failed to score his first Premier League goal, this time against Hull City on Saturday. “Mario was unlucky not to get a goal,” Brendan Rodgers said after the goalless draw. “Maybe he thought he wasn’t going to play today, and in the circumstances he did well. He’s working hard and doing his best, he keeps getting into the right areas.”
All in all, time is running out for Balotelli to prove he has a future at the club, as Rodgers is slowly starting to realize that his £16m gamble has not worked out although stating otherwise. After all, a more reliable goalscorer would see the Reds push for a higher position on the league table.