Sky Sports pundit and ex-Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp has hit out at Brendan Rodgers' decision to sign Mario Balotelli.
Speaking to Talksport, Redknapp scrutinised his former side's transfer policy and the manager's naivety in signing a notorious troublemaker. “I don’t think the recruitment has been good this summer, they didn’t get it right,” Redknapp said.
On Balotelli, he added: “Why he [Rodgers] felt like he could be the one manager when everybody else has tried to turn him around struck me as a little bit of arrogance to a certain extent."
Once described as 'unmanageable' by his boss at Inter Milan Jose Mourinho, Balotelli is yet to score a single league goal for the Reds in 10 appearances with just two in 15 in all competitions. He has also caused problems off the field for Liverpool and has looked lazy and frustrated with teammates at times, justifying Redknapp's claims.
Redknapp did however, show his support for Rodgers during this difficult time, believing that he is still the right man to take Liverpool forward and that there would currently be no worthy candidates to succeed him.
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“Where do you go [if you sack Rodgers]? He needs to be given time like the players need to be given time. He added: “Jurgen Klopp has lost more games in his league [Bundesliga] than Rodgers so we have to be a little bit careful about that one."
With Liverpool crashing out of the Champions league, sitting in mid-table mediocrity in the Premier League and no sign of Daniel Sturridge returning any time soon, the pressure on Rodgers will only intensify if results don't pick up quickly.
He could really do with Mario Balotelli finally proving the many doubters wrong and to start showing why the Liverpool manager put so much faith in him, which to the rest of us, including Redknapp, looks completely misplaced.