Mario Balotelli phones Luis Suarez to ask shin pads question

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Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has telephoned Barcelona star Luis Suarez to ask the Uruguay international if he can wear his shin pads.

Suarez is understood to have left his shin guards at Liverpool’s Melwood training base following his £75 million summer move to the Camp Nou - but they have now been snapped up by Balotelli, who will be hoping Suarez’s old gear will bring him some much-needed good luck.

This latest story comes courtesy of the Mirror, who were told by a source that Suarez was delighted to help Liverpool’s No. 45.

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Source: 'Suarez was happy to help'

The source revealed: “Luis was in great form and only too happy to help when he received the call from Mario.”

Balotelli has scored a pitiful four goals in 20 appearances for Liverpool since completing his £16 million move from AC Milan. Only one of those strikes has come in the Premier League.

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Balotelli applying himself at last?

Intense speculation claiming Liverpool will attempt to offload the Italy international this summer appears to have died down in recent weeks, with the enigmatic forward knuckling down and applying himself following an inauspicious start to life at Anfield.

Balotelli may find first-team starts harder to come by following the return to fitness of Daniel Sturridge, but could have an important role to play between now and the end of the season as Liverpool chase a top-four finish which looked unlikely until a few weeks ago.

In truth, Suarez will almost certainly have forgotten all about his Liverpool shin guards - this is a player who currently earns a massive £200,000-a-week.

But he will have appreciated the phone call from Balotelli, who was on the opposite team to the Italian when he bit Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup finals last summer.

Suarez is a few levels above Balotelli

Suarez, 28, is now in the process of rebuilding his reputation in the eyes of the world once again but is already a favourite amongst the Barcelona supporters.

The South American forward has settled well since making his competitive debut for the Catalan giants in October, and further endeared himself to the Barca fans last week by scoring both goals in a 2-1 win over Manchester City in the Champions League.

Watching Suarez produce a match-winning display in the colours of Barcelona must have been a bitter-sweet feeling for the Liverpool fans, who remain very fond of the controversial star despite his previous misdemeanours and the fact he agreed to leave Anfield for the Camp Nou months after signing a new contract.

Balotelli will hope to make a similar impression on the Reds’ faithful - although in order for that to happen he will need to show the same level of desire to win matches.

And at the moment it’s doubtful whether he possesses that same invaluable fire in his belly.

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