Brendan Rodgers might not have wanted to sign Mario Balotelli last summer, and may have had the Italian forced upon him to a degree, according to former Anfield man Danny Murphy.
It looks highly likely that the former Man City man will leave Merseyside this summer after a poor season that saw him net just four times in all competitions, with transfer talk rife of late tipping him for a return to Italy.
Rodgers himself appears to be uninterested in giving Balotelli another chance having purchased Christian Benteke and Danny Ings this summer, and Murphy believes the Northern Irishman might not have had too much of a say in his initial capture.
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"If you take the three players in the headlines at the moment – Enrique, Borini and Balotelli – they’ve all had a fair crack of the whip, really,” Murphy said to talkSPORT.
“Enrique has not helped himself; he’s missed a lot of games with poor excuses in the past couple of seasons and he’s not the bravest.
“I think Balotelli has had a fair go in the team, and whether Brendan was solely in charge of getting Balotelli in in the first place, I’m not sure, because they’ve got a committee that get players in .
“And Borini has actually been a player who has been sought after. Sunderland came in for him and offered good money, but he didn’t want to go.”
There have been criticisms in the past over Liverpool’s so-called ‘transfer committee’, with fans of the opinion that Rodgers should have sole control over who goes in and out of his club.
Indeed Balotelli would make for a fine case in point for those looking to change the setup at Anfield, with the Italy striker having flopped since his return to English shores.
It now looks as though the only route for him, if redemption is what he is seeking, is to leave in favour of another club.
He has plenty of suitors in Serie A waiting to offer him another chance, and perhaps a move to somewhere like Sampdoria or Fiorentina will give him a new lease of life.
As for Murphy’s claim, it raises interesting questions about how much say in the transfer Rodger’s has had this summer.
Benteke, Ings, Roberto Firmino, Nathaniel Clyne and Joe Gomez might be impressive names, but were they top of the Liverpool boss’ list, or someone else’s?
Liverpool fans, do you think Rodgers wanted to sign Balotelli? Let us know in the comments box below.