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Mario Balotelli determined to break Premier League Duck; Compares Gerrard to Pirlo



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Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has endured a tough start to his career in the English Premier League. The controversial Italian who was signed from AC Milan in the summer is yet to score in the League. His only goal for the Anfield side came against Ludogorets in the first match day of the Champions League.

The Italian was dropped from the national side by new coach Antonio Conte and had the entire International Break to focus on honing his goal scoring prowess. Balotelli claims that he is desperate to break his Premier League duck and wants to repay the faith shown to him by the Liverpool supporters.


“I can see already that the Liverpool fans really like me, although I know that maybe they are a little upset because I don’t score. I see they appreciate that I am working hard, though, which is nice for me.”

“I know I have one goal in the Champions League, but in the Premier League I have to start with one. After that, I might set myself a target, but I swear – right now my first league goal is my first and only objective.”

Balotelli also compared Steven Gerrard to Andrea Pirlo: “Gerrard is an amazing player. I had really not seen much of him before this season, apart from for England, but wow. I think of him as being at the same level as Pirlo.”

“Vision, technique, but he is powerful as well. Stevie can do anything. It’s going to be very difficult for the team to find another player like him in the future.”