Brendan Rodgers praises Mario Balotelli quality

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Brendan Rodgers has outlined his admiration for AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli, leading to suggestions the Liverpool manager could push to sign the player in his pursuit of attacking reinforcements.

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A striker needed

Liverpool are in the market for a proven centre-forward following the departure of talisman Luis Suarez, who was sold to Barcelona for £75 million, with the failure to land Loic Remy leading the club to identify alternative targets.

Remy was set to complete a transfer to Anfield after Liverpool activated the release clause in the player’s Queens Park Rangers contract, but pulled the plug on the proposed deal after the France international failed a medical examination.

Balotelli the player?

Could Balotelli now be the player Liverpool target? Well, the manager is clearly a fan - something he was quite happy to express before Liverpool faced Milan during their respective pre-season tours of the USA.

"Balotelli has all the qualities [I like],” Rodgers said of the 23-year-old, who has been rated at £16 million.

"He’s 6’3”, he’s quick, his touch is terrific, he can score goals and he’s still so young.

"I saw that in this time at Inter as a young player and obviously going to Manchester City when we had a real close eye on him there.

"He’s a big talent."

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Arsenal link

Balotelli had initially appeared set to sign for Arsenal this summer, however Arsene Wenger appeared to remove his focus from the Italian once it became clear that Alexis Sanchez was available for transfer.

Wenger has, however, since moved to deny that Balotelli was ever a target for the Gunners, who are expected to pursue a central midfielder before the transfer deadline.

“For weeks we were buying Balotelli from one minute to the other and it was all wrong. We were never in for him,” Wenger said.

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