Staggering quotes from Reds boss over Balotelli signing.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted that he had little choice but to sign Mario Balotelli this summer given a lack of other options in the transfer market.
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According to the Daily Mirror, the Reds boss admits his gamble with the Italian international has not paid off, with the former Manchester City man looking far from his best since making the move to Anfield.
Despite being seen as an exciting signing at the time, Rodgers now admits he may not have brought Balotelli to the club in an ideal world.
“I think there were very few who are top class who were available and Mario Balotelli was a calculated gamble that we had to try and work with,” he said.
“I always said it was about availability and affordability of players. Mario was the one right at the very end who was available for that. I said when he came in that it was a calculated risk and it’s something I have to work on to try to make it work for the team.
“We’d had attempts for other strikers that didn’t materialise for one reason or another so it left us right at the end of the window with a decision of whether just to go with what we had, which experience told us we were well too light, or to take a calculated risk on a player who has quality and then could we get it out of him consistently?”