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Liverpool boss Rodgers: ‘This is not the Mario Balotelli show’

Aug 29, 2014, 2:15 PM EDT

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Mario Balotelli has looked strong in training according to his new manager, but made it clear who runs the show at Anfield.

“This is not the Mario Balotelli show. He has a lot of work to do and the star of this team will always be the team.”

Brendan Rodgers will certainly be keen to get Mario Balotelli into the Liverpool lineup to try and fill the void created when Luis Suarez left for Barcelona. While Balotelli is not in the same class as Suarez, he has shown flashes of brilliance throughout his career in both Italy and England. He admitted leaving England was a mistake and looks eager to rejuvenate his career in Liverpool.

After saying Balotelli looked ‘fantastic’ in training, Rodgers was quick to remind everyone that the young striker still needs to mature off the field. While he may have had troubles in the past, Rodgers does not believe it will disrupt the Liverpool squad.

 “I don’t have any concerns at all [about Balotelli disrupting the Liverpool squad]. It won’t be affected. He comes with a reputation but we hope at our club we can curb that behaviour. He knows he is part of a team. There are no egos or big-time Charlies in our squad. This is a group that’s got to the Champions League because they are a team.”

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Liverpool will need Balotelli to contribute as he could only watch from the stands as they lost to his former club Manchester City 3-1 over the weekend. A combination of Daniel Sturridge and Mario Balotelli could become a nightmare for opposing defenses if he can regain his form.

Balotelli looks set to make his Liverpool debut against Tottenham this Sunday, which can be seen live on NBCSN at 8:30 a.m. ET. Adam Lallana will also make his Liverpool debut after moving from Southampton this summer. The English international has been sidelined with a knee injury suffered during the Reds preseason tour in America.

  1. Ian's Rushtache - Aug 29, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Read this last night on the Pool website. This is why I think that Balotelli is a great gamble. Rodgers won’t have any of his nonsense. And don’t forget the captain. I can’t see Stevie G sitting idly by while someone screws up the team chemistry.

  2. navyeoddavee9 - Aug 29, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    Correct: it’s the “Rogers and Balotelli show” co-starring S. Gerrard. As I Everton fan, it would be wrong of me, to wish for anything but Balotelli getting up to his old tricks, and causing problems for the red side

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