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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed that it was striker Mario Balotelli’s decision to not be part of the match against Arsenal due to an unspecified medical condition.
The striker was not in the matchday squad and it turned out to be a very bad day for Liverpool. The club lost 4-1 against the gunners and it has effectively ended any hopes of Champions League qualification for next season. Balotelli has been a controversial figure at Liverpool this campaign. After making a £ 16 million move from AC Milan in the summer, the striker was seen as a major gamble due to his troublesome nature.
More worryingly, Liverpool have had to deal with poor form from the striker throughout the campaign. He has failed to settle into the team that previously scored a lot of goals with Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez leading the line. For much of the campaign, Sturridge has found himself on the sidelines. This has contributed to Balotelli playing on his own up front for the Reds. Astonishingly, the striker has managed only three goals this season and only one of them has come in the Premier League.Rodgers was a disappointed man after the loss against Arsenal, but he still had to explain the reason for Balotelli’s omission. Read more »
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Brendan Rodgers has categorically stated that striker Mario Balotelli cannot get back into the starting line-up unless he starts working much harder. The Italian international lost his place after poor run of form that saw him go more than 15 league matches without a goal.
He was signed from AC Milan in the summer for £ 16 million, but it was reported that Liverpool were ready to cut their losses even as early as in January. Such was the poor performances of Balotelli and the recent return of Daniel Sturridge sees the 24-year-old on the periphery.
Rodgers does not rule out the possibility of seeing the big man once again, but he says that Balotelli should be prepared for life on the bench if he is not prepared to work harder. Balotelli is known for his childish attitude and inability to remain a top professional. This has already cost him a place at several top clubs like Manchester City and Inter Milan. Even though Balotelli has been able to put in some good performances in recent weeks,Rodgers reckons that he will not be able to bring back the player unless he starts to become effervescent in training. Read more »
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Brendan Rodgers took a huge risk when he decided to sign Mario Balotelli from Ac.Milan. Despite joining a number of top European clubs from different leagues and different countries, the Italian forward could never make a name for himself as he was simply just another average player on the pitch. Sometimes there were some flashes of brilliance from Balotelli, especially when performing with Italy but that’s all that it was, just a flash.
When Ac.Milan signed Mario Balotelli on August 21, expectations were high as he joined the club of his dreams and everyone was expecting to see him finally performing at a world class level but it never happened.
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Brendan Rodgers continued to defend Mario Balotelli after the striker once again failed to find the back of the net in the latest match against Newcastle United. Liverpool have had the upper hand over Newcastle in recent years and they have had some fantastic victories at St James’s Park. However, they were unable to prevent Alan Pardew’s men from getting three points for a second consecutive week to get them out of relegation trouble. Balotelli has been heavily criticised in recent weeks for his failure to score goals on a regular basis.
The 24-year-old was signed as a replacement for Luis Suarez, but this transfer was seen as a big gamble despite the figure of £ 16 million. Balotelli is yet to score in the Premier league despite having been involved in almost every match. His only goals for the club have come in the Champions League and the League Cup. Liverpool did not create much opportunities against Newcastle, but Rodgers said that he had no problem with Balotelli’s performance. It was more because of Balotelli not being given the ammunition to score. Newcastle put in a spirited performance and did not give Liverpool time on the ball.
“It’s not about Mario it’s about the team. We’ve lost a game today, we collectively lost as a team. We have to go back and analyse it and move on. The progress this season was always going to be a slow process because there were so many changes and we haven’t started as we would like but we will improve. It’s been difficult period. We can only continue to work hard. We’re disappointed. We had full control of the game but we didn’t create as much as we would like,” said Rodgers, whose team against Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday.
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