Brendan Rodgers says signing Mario Balotelli was the only option left for Liverpool

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Mario Balotelli's time at Liverpool was nothing short of a disaster. The Italian forward made 28 appearances in all competitions but managed just four goals. 

His attitude was questioned as the Reds failed to recreate the form that saw them come within a whisker of the Premier League title in the 2013-14 season.

Having cost Liverpool £16 million, the striker found himself on the way out of Anfield just 12 months later, returning to AC Milan on a season-long loan.

In his first television interview since being sacked by Liverpool in October, Brendan Rodgers has revealed events behind the scenes that led to the 25-year-old's arrival after the Northern Irishman had stated he wouldn't be signing the former Manchester City man.

Rodgers insists he did not think Balotelli would fit into their style of play but was left with no choice after Alexis Sanchez opted to join Arsenal.

The former Reds manager told Sky Sports' Goals on Sunday, via the Mirror: "I was asked a question and I didn't think Mario fitted our style of play.

"The huge blow for us was we felt we were getting Alexis Sanchez as a like-for-like replacement for Luis Suarez. He was going to be perfect for us.

"Come the end of the summer, when we were struggling to bring in the type of player we wanted, the ownership group thought this was a player I could develop.

"I was asked a question and I didn't think Mario fitted our style of play."

"When the owners want you to go down that route, and there are no other options, you give it a go.

"Whenever the owners want you to have a go, that's my job to manage the club. We had to bring in someone.

"Rickie [Lambert] was going to be the option if we needed something else in the game. There was a lot of pressure on Rickie when really that wasn't the plan.

"All of a sudden, Sanchez doesn't come in, we think Borini is going, Daniel has been injured and Rickie is our only striker. At 32, going into a Champions League season, that isn't what we needed.

"In the end, it didn't quite work and it cost us."

Rodgers paid the price for a poor start to the current campaign when he was replaced by Jurgen Klopp.

However, the writing was on the wall in the previous season as a number of signings fell short of expectation on Merseyside.

Ultimately, the manager is the one who takes the blame. However, the transfer committee at the club have a lot to answer for.

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