Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has ruled out a potential move for AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli, despite praising him just a few days ago.
The Reds boss, as reported by The Metro, admitted that the Italian has all the qualities he likes in a striker, but he has now confirmed that those comment were not his way of declaring interest in him.
The 23-year-old has been strongly linked with an exit from the San Siro this summer, however, all potential deals fell through after a poor World Cup for Balotelli.
The AC Milan president admitted that a deal was close with an un-named Premier League club before the Summer's tournament in Brazil, but he chose to stall the move in order to use the competition as a audition for the striker.
However, after just three games and one goal, Balotelli's Italy were dumped out at the hands of Uruguay, and the supposedly agreed deal fell through.
During the tournament, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who was out there as a pundit for French TV, ruled himself out of signing the striker after he admitted that he wasn't the type of player he wanted at the Emirates Stadium, and it's believed the The Gunners were the strong favourites to sign him due to the new link with PUMA.
The company sponsor both Arsenal and Balotelli, and they were keen to force through a move so that kit shirts would be high for the former-Manchester City star, but the deal collapsed and the president confirmed that he would be 99.9% staying at the club.
Now it has been Liverpool ruling themselves out of a potential bid as Rodgers has confirmed that the Italian will not be playing at Anfield next season, despite his heavy praise just a few days ago.
"I was asked the question about Balotelli and spoke about what a talent he is and excellent player he is,’ said Rodgers.
"I can categorically tell you that he will not be at Liverpool.
"He is a wonderful player, but an AC Milan player. I just gave my opinion of him, but that doesn’t mean I will be signing him."