Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been left humbled and thanked Liverpool fans for making a banner in his honour.
The Italian arrived on Merseyside for £16 million this summer from AC Milan, however he has failed to find his best form at Anfield, scoring just once in eight appearances.
Despite putting in a number of under-par performances, 'Super Mario' has already became a cult hero at the club, and has a banner blowing on the Kop in his tribute reading "I have nothing to declare but my genius".
The acknowledgement clearly left the 24-year-old startled, and took to Instagram to thank the individuals who made the banner and pledged that he would find his best form for his new side.
"I have nothing to declare except my genius? Wow thanks to whoever did this. I know all of you expect more from me .. More goals especially and more "genius" but give me time and I'll show is true."
Change in attitude
Although Balotelli has been relatively poor in his first few months at Anfield, Liverpool fans are not panicking. He seems well-liked on Merseyside, and fans clearly think that encouragement not criticism is the best method to make the former Manchester City man perform.
Balotelli has very much had a poor relationship with fans at other clubs and many were not willing to get behind him. The forward is the type of player who needs encouragement and reassurance in his ability that will make him really believe in his ability.
Despite not being in the best of form thus far this term, Balotelli has worked hard for Liverpool, closing down when the opposition's back four have the ball. This is something that has not been saw from the Italian and it suggests he really wants to succeed at the club.
The Italian International has had bags of pressure piled on him since his move. With the loss of Luis Suarez, who netting 31 Premier League goals last season, many are expecting Balotelli to replace that number. It's been unfair on him, as many are expecting an instant impact, however it may take a little bit longer to settle into the Liverpool style of play.
For the most part on Merseyside, Balotelli has played the lone striker upfront. Many expected him to form a partnership with Daniel Sturridge this season, however the England striker picked up a thigh injury when on international duty in September.
The pair appeared just once together during the 3-0 away victory against Tottenham Hotspur and looked impressive. They combined well, looking a threat going and showed an excellent understanding for one-another's game.
With Sturridge set to return in the coming weeks, Reds fans hope they can repeat their early potential.
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