Brendan Rodgers could be forgiven for thinking the football fates were conspiring against him and lacklustre Liverpool as last season`s runners-up prepare to tackle West Bromwich Albion from 14th place in the Premier League table at Anfield on Saturday.
Mario Balotelli found himself on the receiving end of yet more racist abuse on Sunday after a jokey reference to Manchester United`s shock defeat by Leicester sparked a flurry of invective on social media.
Without the departed Luis Suarez and injured Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool returned to the Champions League with a win but face a challenge to recover the free-scoring form that put them back among the European elite.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Mario Balotelli has the experience required to lead the line when they return to Champions League action for the first time in five years at Anfield on Tuesday.
Mario Balotelli is always in demand. If his services are not available, his shirts do the talking. Liverpool chief executive, Ian Ayre revealed that the Anfield outfit sold GBP 50,000 worth of Balotelli shirts on the very first day.
Simone Zaza made the most of the suspended Mario Balotelli`s absence up front by scoring the opening goal to pave the way for Italy`s comfortable 2-0 win over Norway in a Euro 2016 Group H qualifier on Tuesday.