Reds boss admits Balotelli is not at Suarez’s level.Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits that summer signing Mario Balotelli is not yet at the level of former Reds star Luis Suarez, the Daily Mirror reports.
The Italian international as brought in as a replacement upfront for Suarez this season, with the Uruguayan’s fine form last season earning him a big move to Barcelona.
However, he has struggled to adapt so far, and Rodgers admits that he is not yet at the level required to fill Suarez’s boots, though he does see him as a potentially world class player.
“Suarez elevated himself, that was clear,” he said. “He wasn’t world class when he came in but when he left to go to Barcelona he had put himself in that bracket.
“I think Mario is potentially world class. You can’t compare Suarez and him, but Mario is coming in as an international striker and he’s a talent, no doubt.”