Football: Balotelli performance 'miserable', says Souness

(AGI) Rome, Oct 2 - Graeme Souness, former mid-fielder andLiverpool manager, who also played for Sampdoria and brieflytrained Torino, assailed Mario Balotelli, calling hisperformance "miserable." Now a commentator for Sky News Sports,Souness, has been critical of Milan's former striker, who wasone of the worst players in Wednesday evening's game againstBasle in the Champions League. "'I think he summed up whatLiverpool were about tonight. How many times did you see himand he ended up limping after any sort of challenge on him? Hewas complaining to the referee, he gave away possession far

(AGI) Rome, Oct 2 - Graeme Souness, former mid-fielder andLiverpool manager, who also played for Sampdoria and brieflytrained Torino, assailed Mario Balotelli, calling hisperformance "miserable." Now a commentator for Sky News Sports,Souness, has been critical of Milan's former striker, who wasone of the worst players in Wednesday evening's game againstBasle in the Champions League. "'I think he summed up whatLiverpool were about tonight. How many times did you see himand he ended up limping after any sort of challenge on him? Hewas complaining to the referee, he gave away possession far tooeasily and he wasn't alone in that and I thought he had anothermiserable night. Yes, he's got ability of a type and produced agreat free-kick in the second half, but he doesn't do enoughfor me," said Souness Souness, who won three European cups withLiverpool, also took aim at his old team. "Tonight they werelightweight. You can talk all you want about tactics andformations, but if every one of the midfielders isn't winningchallenges and the other team keeps taking the ball off youthen you're always going to be on the back foot. They playedagainst a Basle team, who are arguably, when you look at thetwo games in the group, worse than Ludogorets. Real Madrid didnot have an easy trip there. Liverpool still have to go thereand after the next two games against Real Madrid they couldfind themselves in a very difficult situation," said Souness.(AGI).