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Brendan Rodgers forces Mario Balotelli to change his ways

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers used a post match press conference to provide us with another comical Balotelli story, as he recalled a conversation with the Italian during a training session, according to ESPN.

Rodgers' anecdote

Rodgers revealed that during a defensive exercise at Liverpool's Melwood training ground the Reds' boss asked Balotelli: "Are you picking up [a player]?" to which Balotelli replied: "I don't mark at corners," prompting Rodgers to reply: "you do now".

Rodgers went on to voice his amazement at how an international star such as Balotelli could have recorded such a distinguished career without ever marking a player from a corner.

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Balotelli at Liverpool

Balotelli arrived at Anfield during the summer transfer window from Italian giants AC Milan. There have been many skeptics that doubt if the Italian has the temperament to consistently perform for Liverpool after a turbulent period last time round in the Premier League during a spell at Manchester City.

Rodgers spoke on Balotelli's character and said: "Mario's a good guy, a good man.

"If you take away the circus that surrounds him, and the circus he probably invites himself sometimes, and control the background noise, and get him focused on his football, he's a good fella."

The debut

Balotelli made his debut for Liverpool during a 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur. Raheem Sterling hit the back of the net only eight minutes into the game before Steven Gerrard scored from the penalty spot to make it 2-0. Liverpool new boy Alberto Moreno then dispossessed Spurs' Andros Townsend to begin a dazzling run that ended with the Spaniard planting the ball into the Spurs net to cap a 3-0 victory.

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