Steve Bruce: 'Criticism of Mario Balotelli is unfair'

Liverpool's Italian striker Mario Balotelli plays during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at White Hart Lane in London on August 31, 2014
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Hull City boss Steve believes that the recent criticism of Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been "unfair".

Hull City manager Steve Bruce has admitted that it seems that Mario Balotelli has become "the whipping boy" at Liverpool.

The Italian has been criticised for his recent performances and for swapping shirts with Pepe during Liverpool's Champions League clash with Real Madrid, but Bruce, who takes Hull to Anfield on Saturday, believes that he is being unfairly treated.

The 53-year-old told reporters: "From the outside, he seems to be the whipping boy at the moment. I think that it's a bit unfair on the lad."

Balotelli, who signed from AC Milan during the summer, has scored just one goal for the Merseyside outfit this season.

A stoic-looking Brendan Rodgers ahead of Liverpool's game with Man City on August 25, 2014
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