Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has slammed any talks of an Anfield exit for Mario Balotelli explaining that he “won’t be going anywhere in January” – and has revealed that he agrees with Mancini’s suggestion that he should get a raise for managing the loose cannon.
The Liverpool striker has struggled to fit into Rodgers’ fast-paced 3-4-2-1 system this season and is still without a Premier League goal since his return to England last summer.
Following speculation that the Italian striker could move back to Serie A for a reunion with former manager Roberto Mancini, Rodgers has been quick to deny any exit rumours.
He told TalkSPORT: “He hasn’t scored as many goals as he would have liked, but we are determined to help him find a solution here. He won’t be going anywhere in January.”
“Roberto knows him very well,” said Rodgers. “I think he said if you work with Mario you should be paid double, I agree with that. I will mention that to the owners!
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“Joking aside, Mario is a good guy.” Liverpool head into their game with Aston Villa on Saturday having lost just one of their last 13 matches and will also be boosted by the return of Raheem Sterling.
“Raheem is back in the squad,” said Rodgers. “He is refreshed and ready to work. Glen Johnson has been back training and we will see how he is.
“We are monitoring the likes of Steven Gerrard and Adam Lallana.
“Daniel Sturridge is back and working well, obviously he is not ready to play yet. Time will tell when he is back. We just want him fit. There is no timeline on that as such. He is back in his final stages of his rehabilitation.
“Joe Allen should be back training with the group in the next few days.”