In his time as a Liverpool manager, 42 year old Brendan Rodgers has been accused of spending money on average players and over playing the same thus stunting the growth of the club.
But the biggest flop of the Rodgers era at Liverpool was the Italian striker Mario Balotelli. Mario is an extremely gifted player but lacks the discipline and hard work required to become a world class player.
He failed miserably under the Rodger’s system where he failed to establish himself and is now loaned back to AC Milan from where he signed for Liverpool.
It was not a popular incident among Liverpool fans up to date as his signature cost Liverpool almost a whole season.
In a recent interview with the Sky Network, Rodgers explained why Balotelli was purchased by the Merseyside outfit.
Rodgers said,” “We needed a player who could press at the top of the pitch; it wasn’t just a goalscorer we were after because Luis Suarez was giving us so much more than that.”
“After a friendly against AC Milan, I was asked the question and I felt Mario wasn’t someone who suited the profile of what we were after. But come the end of the summer when we were struggling to get in the type of player we wanted, the ownership thought this was perhaps a player I could develop.”
Balotelli failed to create any impact on the club and scored just 4 goals in the entire last season. He looked good for Milan on his loan spell before picking up an injury.
“He’s a wonderful talent, there’s no doubt about that; you see him on the training ground every day – tall, strong, great touch.
“They were thinking this is a £50m player we could maybe get for £16m. When the owners are wanting you to go down that route and there’s no other option, you give it a go.”
Jurgen Klopp has also spoken about Balotelli and a possibility that the Italian striker might return to Anfield after the end of his loan spell at Milan this summer.