After Liverpool were linked with Italian striker Mario Balotelli several times over the summer, manager Brendan Rodgers has finally shot down speculations, confirming he will not be moving to Anfield for the upcoming season.
Liverpool are in desperate need of another striker, having just Daniel Sturridge and Rickie Lambert as the club's recognised forwards since Luis Suarez set off to Barcelona.
Rodgers has confirmed that the club is hunting for another front-man before the transfer window is up, and Balotelli was the rumoured man to be drafted in.
Don't get me wrong, Balotelli is a superb talent and has scored some special goals in the past.
However, the 23 year-old is nothing but a liability.
For a start, his performances are very much unpredictable. Sometimes, he can be a world-beater, unplayable when he is on the top of his games. However, these can come thick and far between. If things do not go his way early, it is not a rare sight to see the former Manchester City striker stomp around the field and sulk
Liverpool have no time for people who will not be 100% committed to their title bid this upcoming season. With the Reds playing fast, counter attacking football, they require everyone to give everything. With the quick, fast paced passing Liverpool play, there really is no margin for error. It is about moving quickly, finding space and hitting inch perfect passes.
Balotelli would not fit in
Balotelli, if things were not in his favour, would not likely do this for the Liverpool side.
Further, a lot about playing under manager Rodgers is sacrificing your primary role at times for the benefit of the team. Last season, we saw both Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge play out on the wings at times.
Playing there was unfavoured by both the players, however they did it for the benefit of the football team.
Balotelli: Not a team player
This would be unlikely from the Italian International. He believes that the team should revolve around him and that he should be the main man.
The famous story of Jose Mourinho telling him not to do anything stupid during half-time of a Champions League match at Inter Milan against Ruban Kazan, not to get sent off as he was the only striker and on a yellow card. After 15 minutes of the second half, Balotelli received his second yellow card and sent off.
This highlights how he is unwilling be a team-player.
Liverpool have just sold one liability in Luis Suarez and Balotelli has all the ability in the world and is one of the most frustrating players in the world. If he could get his head down and unleash his potential, Liverpool fans would happily have him at the club. Unfortunately, that is unlikely to happened it would be wrong to replace him with another one.
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