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Balotelli won’t be budged by critics

November 21, 2014 11:38:34 UK

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has delivered a stinging rebuke to his critics by insisting he has no interest in trying to impress outsiders.

The Italy striker was signed for £16million in August as manager Brendan Rodgers attempted to fill the void left by free-scoring Uruguay forward Luis Suarez but is yet to get open his account in the Premier League.

Critics have derided his lack of impact at Anfield and mocked his performances so far as no more than seven out of 10.

Balotelli, who scored 26 goals in 43 Serie A appearances for AC Milan before moving to Merseyside, insisted the goals will come.

“Seven because I run more than before,” he is quoted as telling Fox Sports Australia.

“Because goals, they will come. It is something that’s just not coming at the moment. But it’s not something that has just gone.

“Run, like I’m running now, I’ve never run like this.”

The former Manchester City striker said he would not be swayed by his detractors and he was only concerned by the opinion of the people closest to him.

“I don’t need people to believe in me so long as I believe in myself. The important people for me are my family and my few close friends, as long as they believe in me,” he added.

“Some think because I didn’t score and didn’t start well this season that I can’t be one of the top players, a really good player for this team. That’s their business.

“I don’t care what stories people say about me because I know they are lying.”

Liverpool travel to Selhurst Park on Sunday to take on Crystal Palace and are quoted 1.90 in the match betting. The draw outcome is priced 3.70 and Neil Warnock’s strugglers are available to back at 4.33.

“For the time being we just have to focus on the players we do have,” he added. “We have to make the best of what is available.”

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