Liverpool chiefs reportedly met with representatives of imminent new signing Mario Balotelli last night to lay down the law with regards to the player’s behaviour.
The Reds are thought to want the Italian to tone down the behaviour which frequently got him into trouble during his time at Manchester City, including one incident which nearly saw him come to blows with Roberto Mancini in a training session.
One of the main principles Brendan Rodgers has used to build his current Liverpool side is team spirit and the Reds appear to want Balotelli to adhere to the values that Rodgers has installed in his first team.
“Liverpool will lay down the law to Mario Balotelli over what they expect from him as he closes in on a £16million move to Anfield,” reports the Daily Mail.
“Liverpool officials met Balotelli’s representatives in a city centre hotel on Thursday night and made it clear that they would expect absolute commitment from the former Manchester City Milan forward, on and off the field.”
Those who have questioned or criticised Liverpool’s impending deal for Balotelli point to his off the field antics as a reason for the club to pull out of any agreement.
Whether he’s throwing darts at youth team players or setting off fireworks inside his own house, there always seems to be something the Italian is up to which can leave his club in a bad light.
He’s only 24-years-old and has already been moved on by three top quality football clubs; Inter Milan, Manchester City and AC Milan if his move to Liverpool goes through.
He can be a top quality addition to a club embarking on a very important season and looking to challenge domestically in the Premier League and in the Champions League.
However, opposition sides know how to get beneath his skin and whichever way it’s looked at, it’s a gamble for the club to sign a player who can be inconsistent both on and off the pitch.
Hopefully it’s a gamble which pays off.