The Italian striker hasn’t scored since his side’s opening night win over Ludogorets and has largely struggled to fit into Brendan Rodgers’ system.
And Carragher – speaking alongside Gary Neville on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football – would drop Balotelli if he was Liverpool boss.
He doesn’t run round enough and against Real Madrid you need to get that crowd going, you need to get back to Liverpool last year. That pressing, there’s got to be an energy about Liverpool that we haven’t seen. Once we’ve seen it this season at Spurs. It’s gone on too long now. We can’t keep waiting.”
Instead, the Liverpool legend believes Raheem Sterling is the right man to lead the line.
I’d put Raheem there because he can run in behind. Liverpool may have to counter attack a lot of the game really. Madrid may have a lot of the ball. That may not be the plan but also pressing from the front. He doesn’t have to play right up front, he can come back and help the midfield. But you can’t have any passengers against Real Madrid.”
You can see their full assessment of Liverpool ahead of the Madrid clash here: