Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers Backs Mario Balotelli


Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is supporting Mario Balotelli, who is struggling to find his first goal in the Premier League.

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Liverpool shipped off dynamic striker Luis Suarez to Barcelona this summer after the third biting incident of his career at the 2014 World Cup. That left Liverpool with the unenviable task of trying to replace Europe’s leading scorer, a tall order.

Late in the transfer window, Liverpool signed AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli and Liverpool fans rejoiced as they brought in a dynamic goal-scoring threat. The Italian striker has failed to find the back of the net in the Premier League so far this season, but he still has the support of manager Brendan Rodgers.

“I thought he worked very well, very hard. He maybe thought he wasn’t going to play today but you have got to stay with it. He is working hard and he is doing his best,” Rodgers said, via Sky Sports.

“Unfortunately it is that wee bit of confidence sometimes, when you don’t get the goal. He kept going, kept getting into the areas.

“Sometimes with players if it’s not going so well they have a day where they don’t train or don’t work, but he puts himself out to train every single day. He is out there wanting to be better, wanting to improve.

“Goalscorers will tell you they get their energy from the ball hitting the back of the net and it is just not happening for him in terms of that, but all I will ask is they do their best. You saw today’s reaction. It was unlucky he didn’t get the goal.”

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