Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli took to Twitter following Tuesday night’s 2-1 Capital One Cup win over Swansea City to express his relief at ending his eight-game goal drought.
The Italian international had scored just once in 11 appearances since a £16 million summer move from AC Milan going into the match at Anfield, with a slight knee issue picked up in warm-ups forcing him to start on the bench.
Introduced in the 79th-minute, however, with the Reds 1-0 down, the polarising front man proceeded to spark the comeback when he turned in Fabio Borini’s cross for the equaliser four minutes before the end, before Dejan Lovren grabbed the second at the death to send the home side through to the last eight.
Lovren himself spoke of his delight at seeing his teammate end his recent barren run following the match, and is confident that the goals will now start flowing.
‘I think it’s a relief to everyone, but I was sure he would score today or tomorrow,’ he told Sky Sports. ‘It was just [a matter of] time.
‘Everyone has confidence in Mario. He’s working really hard on the training ground.
‘When you score a goal, all the heavy weight is lifted off your shoulders, so now his time will come.’
Assistant manager Colin Pascoe echoed those sentiments, adding: ‘Mario is working hard in training and he got his just rewards in getting the goal. He’s a tremendous talent and it was great for him to get the goal.
When you see the ball from Fabio, to put the ball in and the way Mario got on the end of it, was terrific.
‘I didn’t know [about his knee] until I came in at the end of the game, but the way he was moving about, I don’t think there was much wrong!’