Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been given the dreaded vote of confidence by his manager Brendan Rodgers following another disappointing performance during Tuesday night's 1-0 defeat against Hull City.
The Reds boss hinted in the aftermath of last night's game at the KC Stadium that he'd be looking to strengthen his attacking options at Anfield when the transfer window reopens, which raised further doubts about the enigmatic Italian's future on Merseyside.
"Mario's doing his best," Rodgers was quoted saying by Goal.com. "He's obviously come off [against Hull City] with a foot injury.
"I think it's clear over the course of the season, not just this game, that [attack] is an area we've struggled in.
"He's still got a few years left on his contract. Every single player, every single day you come in at Liverpool, you're working for your future."
The Italian international has only scored one Premier League goal this season, netting the winner against Tottenham.
Liverpool signed the 24-year-old from AC Milan for £18 million last summer following a fruitful season with the Italian giants.
Balotelli scored 14 goals in his first full season back in Italy, but has not been able to replicate last term's form.
The striker is most well-known for his goal celebration against Manchester United.
After scoring in the resulting 6-1 derby demolition, Balotelli lifted his shirt revealing his infamous 'Why always me?' t-shirt.
Sadly, the Italian hasn't had much of a chance to replicate the celebration with his Merseyside club.
With a combined total of eight goals from Liverpool strikers, the Reds will surely be looking to sign a new striker in the summer. What striker do you think Liverpool should sign?
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