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How Liverpool Boss Rodgers Has Let Down £16m Mario Balotelli

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has today clarified to the press that his recent comments about Mario Balotelli were not to be taken as a sign that the player is set to leave the Anfield club during the January transfer window.

He had to clarify that that was “not the case at all”.

“It’s been a difficult period for him but he’s a good boy.”

How has their relationship deteriorated to the point that any comment on the part of Rodgers about Balotelli is so heavily interpreted by the media?

In part, it is because of the genuine lack of opportunities provided to the Italian international since his move towards the end of the summer transfer window.

The striker has not started a league match since the 8th of November, nearly three months ago, despite a significant striking crisis that has seen Raheem Sterling fill in as an auxiliary forward.

While this could have just been an attempt to take a poorly performing forward out of the firing line, it would not provide Balotelli with much confidence about his place in the side.

In fact, two years ago I wrote about how Manchester City also failed Balotelli, in part because of Roberto Mancini’s unwillingness to give him an extended run in the team in his preferred position. Liverpool have done the same, and Rodgers has never been particularly praising of the £16 million man since he signed. There is little reason to believe, either in Rodgers’ public declarations or in his actions as manager, that Balotelli is a player he believes in.

It could come down to the way the Reds operate, with a transfer committee, of which Rodgers is a member, having a significant say over the business done by the club. If Balotelli was a preferred signing of that group but not Rodgers, he could be using his exclusion as an example to the others.

Is that sensible? Not really. Balotelli is, at the very least, a good player – you don’t reach the level of the game he has played at without a modicum of talent. Take individual examples as well, and it’s clear that whenever he has had a spot of momentum, club managers have not trusted him enough to give him a run. He was barely involved after his exploits at Euro 2012, when a great individual display eliminated Germany.

There should also be a level of pragmatism on Rodgers’ part. His side need goals, as evidenced by the 0-0 draw against Bolton on Saturday, and Balotelli, of the three strikers available to him, represents the best option. Neither Fabio Borini nor Rickie Lambert have shown anything that makes them better than Balotelli this season.

By getting to this point, Rodgers has let Balotelli down. There is no guarantee that they will improve in the second half of the season, although Sturridge’s return will be a boost. Now is the time for Rodgers to put his faith behind the former AC Milan man, give him a real run between now and the last day of the campaign, and see if he can recapture some of the brilliance that created a level of excitement when Balotelli first arrived at Melwood this summer.

French Giants Line Up Move For £16m Liverpool Misfit – reports

Liverpool are going to have to deal with surprise interest from Paris Saint Germain for their striker Mario Balotelli, and might be tempted to cut the misfit striker loose, as reported by the Daily Express.

The Italian forward has struggled considerably since moving to Anfield in the summer from AC Milan for £16 million.

He has failed to score in the Premier League, and was dropped in favour of the 32 year old Rickie Lambert earlier this season.

As a result, several clubs are considering a move to end his Liverpool nightmare.

Yesterday, there were suggestions that Greek side Olympiacos could make a move for him.

Now PSG have trained their eyes on the Italian international, with the idea of making a marquee signing to offset any disappointment their fans might feel at the possible departures of Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi.

If PSG can move them on, a move could come to fruition according to reports, as it would no longer be an issue for Financial Fair Play.

£16m Liverpool Summer Buy Could Be Set For Shock Loan – reports

Liverpool’s summer signing Mario Balotelli could be set for a shock loan switch away from the Anfield club in January, according to Tuttomercatoweb.com.

While there have been several suggestions that Balotelli could depart, whether on a permanent or temporary basis, the possible destination is particularly surprising, with Greek side Olympiacos mooted as the club he is set to sign for.

This would be a considerable fall for the talented striker, who came to Liverpool in the summer considered to be a replacement for the talismanic Luis Suarez.

However, Balotelli has failed to settle since his £16 million switch towards the end of the transfer window.

He has failed to score in the Premier League, showing his inability to replace the Uruguayan striker who moved to Barcelona after the World Cup.

Brendan Rodgers is therefore clearly keen to cut his losses on the player and loan him to the Greek giants Olympiacos, at least according to the reports emanating from Italy.