Former Liverpool captain Paul Ince believes Brendan Rodgers should sell Mario Balotelli as quickly as possible.
The Italian striker has only scored twice since making a £16million move from AC Milan in the summer, and is yet to open his Premier League account.
He returned to action after six matches out with a groin injury on Sunday, coming on as a second half substitute during the Reds 3-0 defeat to Manchester United.
And despite having seven shots in just 45 minutes, the Italian still failed to find the net – and Ince thinks it’s time for the Reds to cut their losses.
“It was a strange decision bringing Balotelli in,” he told talkSPORT. “Brendan [Rodgers] thought he could take that gamble because of losing Luis Suarez to Barcelona but if Jose Mourinho couldn’t control him and Roberto Mancini couldn’t control him then I don’t understand why Brendan thought he could.
“I just watched him play yesterday and he plays for himself. You can see the frustration in the other players. There was a time when he could have put another player in but he didn’t.
“It seems like people are frightened to say something to him in case he goes the other way. They keep saying what a great, talented player he is but I’m yet to see it.
“I think the quicker Brendan Rodgers sees it and can get rid of him the better, to be honest, and the better it will be for everyone because there is a lack of spirit in that Liverpool side.”