Jamie Redknapp: Liverpool need to organise their defence before worrying about Balotelli.


Former Liverpool midfielder insists the Reds need to nullify the problems they possess in their defence before bothering themselves about Balotelli's lack of goals.

Liverpool currently sit in 7th position with 14 points and have now registered two clean sheets in eight Premier League matches after Brendan Rodgers’s men got a point from their goalless draw with Hull City at Anfield.

Mario Balotelli who moved from Ac Milan in the summer transfer window has been criticised in recent weeks due to his lack of goals but Jamie Redknapp thinks the Italian striker can get better if the Merseysiders sort out their defence.

“The only good thing you could talk about at Anfield on Saturday was Liverpool keeping a clean sheet. It was their second at home in seventh months. For a team with title aspirations, that’s just not good enough,” the Liverpool legend wrote in the Daily Mail.

“There has been a lot of recent focus on the strikers and Mario Balotelli in particular for not scoring, but they really have to go back to basics in terms of not conceding goals,” Redknapp continued.

“That is the foundation of any good side and once that stability is in place, maybe then Balotelli might get firing. If they are solid by the time Daniel Sturridge gets back, he will definitely start adding goals to the mix.”


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