Mario Balotelli could be on his way out of Anfield, with Brendan Rodgers slamming Liverpool’s summer signing…
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has not been pleased with the impact Mario Balotelli has had since joining Liverpool, and was extremely critical of his performance against Besiktas, according to Caught Offside.
The Merseyside manager branded his £16m summer signing lazy and disrespectful, and his words surely suggest that the controversial striker will be on his way out of Anfield this summer.
Rodgers was quizzed about Balotelli’s cameo performance in the Europa League clash, and asked if he was satisfied with his performance.
“No. Not really. No. We need to ensure that we have everyone working as a team and once we got the penalty he stops working,” he said.
“He needs to improve on that facet of his game — to play in his position rather than standing on the side of the football field. He has contributed. He has got the penalty and scored the goal but that is what he is paid to do.
“So he needs to keep that efficiency in his game and show that he can affect the team whether he is asked to play from the bench or from the start. If he works harder than when he came on, he will (become an influence).”
“In a different country and a different style of football (scoring goals) would be all that matters.
“But in this team it is more than that.
“The problem with Mario is I don’t think he has got a lot of respect for anybody.
“He has worked with some of the best managers in Cesare Prandelli, Jose Mourinho, Roberto Mancini — everybody has tried with this man but nobody seems to get to the bottom of it.
“He is an incredibly confident penalty taker and very good at it, but it is that lack of respect that he has.”