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Mario Balotelli can shine for Liverpool

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After Luis Suarez was sold to Barcelona in the summer and his fellow strike partner Daniel Sturridge missing the first half of the season through injury, Liverpool have had to look towards summer signing Mario Balotelli for goals.

Having already won the title with Manchester City a couple of years before and impressing on the international stage with Italy, £16 million for the 24 year-old looked like one of the bargains of the summer transfer market.

However, for one reason or another, Balotelli has struggled massively to find any goalscoring form for his new club, netting just twice in all competitions - and none in the league.

Liverpool struggling without main strikers

Last season, Liverpool were one of Europe's most exciting teams, scoring goals for fun at times with Suarez and Sturridge up front; the pair scoring 53 Premier league goals between them, inspiring Liverpool to an impressive second placed finish.

But without the pair this season, Liverpool sit in a poor eighth place with half of the campaign still to play, mainly due to the lack of goals scored.

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Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini are the club's other two strikers but are both simply not good enough to play week in week out for a team like Liverpool.

Can Balotelli find his form?

So can super Mario find his form in a Liverpool shirt?

Well, with Sturridge set to return in the next week, it may appear the bench is where Balotelli will be from now to the end of the season but his teammate's return could be perfect for him.

He may have struggled on his own up front but with a strike partner, the Italian could possibly fire Liverpool up the table into the Champions League places.

He scored 17 goals for a poor AC Milan side last season and the same tally in his last full season in England, proving he is a quality striker and can perform in England.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wants Balotelli to work harder for the team and you get the feeling if he can do that, he can become one of the best strikers in the country, and possibly Europe.

However, if he doesn't up his game and work harder for the team, an Anfield exit could be on the cards for the Italian International.

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