Brendan Rodgers has revealed that Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli is a major doubt for the match against Stoke City.
This is the final match of the campaign and it could hold a lot of significance for Balotelli’s future at Anfield. After having scored only one league goal throughout the campaign, it has been widely speculated that the Italian international may be sold very soon. He came to Liverpool for £ 16 million, but the Merseyside outfit are expected to cut their losses sooner rather than later. Balotelli has scored only three goals in 21 appearances across all competitions.
Liverpool’s failure to secure Champions League football has largely been put down to the poor performances by the former Manchester City striker. Despite his uncertain future, Balotelli played a number of minutes during the month of April. However, he has not featured for the club since the 1-0 defeat against Hull City. It looks unlikely that he will appear in the final match of the season as well. Hence, it is effectively thought that Balotelli’s career at Anfield is almost over and he may wear a different jersey going into the new season. More importantly, Rodgers will also have to think about replacing Steven Gerrard who leaves for LA Galaxy. Read more »
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 »
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 »
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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