Brendan Rodgers right not to sign Mario Balotelli

Published Add your comment

Football News

After Liverpool were linked with Italian striker Mario Balotelli several times over the summer, manager Brendan Rodgers has finally shot down speculations, confirming he will not be moving to Anfield for the upcoming season.

Related links

Mario Balotelli's agent 'in negotiations' with Liverpool
Liverpool rule out Mario Balotelli move

Liverpool are in desperate need of another striker, having just Daniel Sturridge and Rickie Lambert as the club's recognised forwards since Luis Suarez set off to Barcelona.

Rodgers has confirmed that the club is hunting for another front-man before the transfer window is up, and Balotelli was the rumoured man to be drafted in.


Don't get me wrong, Balotelli is a superb talent and has scored some special goals in the past.

However, the 23 year-old is nothing but a liability.

For a start, his performances are very much unpredictable. Sometimes, he can be a world-beater, unplayable when he is on the top of his games. However, these can come thick and far between. If things do not go his way early, it is not a rare sight to see the former Manchester City striker stomp around the field and sulk

Liverpool have no time for people who will not be 100% committed to their title bid this upcoming season. With the Reds playing fast, counter attacking football, they require everyone to give everything. With the quick, fast paced passing Liverpool play, there really is no margin for error. It is about moving quickly, finding space and hitting inch perfect passes.

Balotelli would not fit in

Balotelli, if things were not in his favour, would not likely do this for the Liverpool side.

Further, a lot about playing under manager Rodgers is sacrificing your primary role at times for the benefit of the team. Last season, we saw both Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge play out on the wings at times.

Playing there was unfavoured by both the players, however they did it for the benefit of the football team.

Balotelli: Not a team player

This would be unlikely from the Italian International. He believes that the team should revolve around him and that he should be the main man.

The famous story of Jose Mourinho telling him not to do anything stupid during half-time of a Champions League match at Inter Milan against Ruban Kazan, not to get sent off as he was the only striker and on a yellow card. After 15 minutes of the second half, Balotelli received his second yellow card and sent off.

This highlights how he is unwilling be a team-player.

Liverpool have just sold one liability in Luis Suarez and Balotelli has all the ability in the world and is one of the most frustrating players in the world. If he could get his head down and unleash his potential, Liverpool fans would happily have him at the club. Unfortunately, that is unlikely to happened it would be wrong to replace him with another one.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Mario Balotelli
AC Milan
Serie A
Premier League

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again