Brendan Rodgers: It's not the Mario Balotelli show at Liverpool

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers fielded questions surrounding the excitement of Balotelli's arrival ahead of his side's trip to White Hart Lane to face Tottenham on Sunday lunchtime.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said it is not the Mario Balotelli show at the club but has said the Italian forward has settled in well at the club.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of the Premier League clash with Tottenham, Rodgers said the star of the team will always be the team rather than the player when asked about the excitement surrounding the Italian's arrival. 

He said: "He's a good player, a very talented player and he's got a lot of work to do.

"He's settled in very well. he's looked fantastic in training, the focus is very much on his football and he's done very well."

Balotelli was just one of nine signings that Liverpool brought into the club. Though some will have said that Balotelli, along with the rest of the players, were brought in to replace Luis Suarez and as a result of the large transfer fee generated from the Uruguayan's sale, Rodgers insists it was necessary to have a busy window.

He said: "We were very low in terms of our numbers. irrespective of Luis staying or going it was something we had to do."

As well as Balotelli, Liverpool have bought Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Emre Can, Lazar Markovic, Dejan Lovren, Javier Manquillo and Alberto Moreno into the club. Divock Origi also signed but stayed with Lille on loan for a season.

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