Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted that his club’s £16 million summer signing Mario Balotelli does not fit the system that his team like to play.
Ballet joined the Reds towards the end of the transfer window from boyhood club AC Milan, with his signing supposed to cover for the departure of Luis Suarez, who moved to Barcelona for a fee believed to be around £75 million.
However, Balotelli has struggled since his arrival, and he has not scored in the Premier League.
He has only scored twice in his 15 appearances in all competitions.
Liverpool’s struggles in front of goal have led to issues for the entire side.
They have slumped from 2nd in the Premier League to 10th place this time around.
It has to be said that the Reds have not truly adapted to Suarez’s departure and the injury to Daniel Sturridge.
Their best displays have been without Balotelli, and Rodgers has admitted that that is the case.
“We’ve seen it isn’t really his game,” Rodgers said.
“Working with Mario we see someone who is better in and around the box so that level of intensity and pressing isn’t part of his game.
“You try to get the best out of the players you have and the quality you have.”