London – Brendan Rodgers being happy with the last two performances of Mario Balotelli. Liverpool manager was convinced his Italian striker will remain important for the team.
Rodgers praised Balotelli after Liverpool beat host Crystal Palace 2-1 last night (2/14/2014), which makes “The Red” to qualify for the quarterfinal round of the FA Cup.
Although only dropped after the break, Balotelli assessed contribute greatly to the win. For, in the first half Liverpool 0-1, and in the second half they managed to turn things around.
Balotelli, who came on for Lazar Markovic, even a direct role in the creation of Liverpool scored the second goal in the 58th minute Adam Lallana, or 8 minutes after Daniel Sturridge equalized.
Liverpool were awarded a free kick in front of the penalty box Palace after Balotelli violated opposing players. Balotelli himself who takes the direct free kick. The shot can be countered goalkeeper Julian Speroni, but Lallana utilizing the rebound and scored.
Four days ago “Super Mario” also became a substitute and be the hero of Liverpool. His goal in the last 7 minutes to make sure the win over Tottenham Hotspur 3-2.
“He practiced very well. He is working hard and very focused on his work and also for the team,” Rodgers said on the official website of the Reds.
“He scored the winner against Tottenham and played very well. Also today. He’s strong, hard free kick, which made the goalkeeper made rescue and Adam finish. ‘
Balotelli has scored three goals in all competitions this season. There is a chance he will perform better again until the end of the season, after Sturridge was recovering from a long injury.
“At the beginning of the season we played a diamond formation and their (–Balotelli Sturridge) play together and performed very well,” said Rodgers.
“We have to change the system since the last of us here (at Selhurst Park, headquarters Palace). If performing together, they are a threat to opposing teams. They are both talented players and can work in any system.”