The Italian international joined the Reds this summer for a £16 million fee from AC Milan and was tasked with the job of replacing former striker Luis Suarez.
Suarez was instrumental for the Merseysiders last season, notching an incredible 31 Premier League goals and as assists as pushed his side towards a credible title fight in the Premier League.
His rather inevitable big-money move to Barcelona this summer was always going to rock Rodgers’s side this season but perhaps Balotelli’s struggles weren’t as highly anticipated.
The former Manchester City man has failed to find the net in the league as of yet, and his woeful miss against Queens Park Rangers just summed up his current situation.
Rodgers still holds faith in his new striker, but the Northern Irishman did admit after the victory over QPR that Balotelli cannot and will not replace former Kop idol Luis Suarez.
“It’ll drop for the boy, the most important thing for me is his work-rate. The guy is doing his best and working really hard and it is not dropping for him,” he is quoted as saying by The Telegraph.
“He is seen as the direct replacement for Luis Suarez. And, as I said before, Luis is irreplaceable. A real world-class talent and that is not what is being asked of Mario. Mario has come here and everyone has seen him over his career … he is a great boy and I have really enjoyed working with him.
“He has come in and wants to improve. It is not going to happen overnight. He is not going to be what Suarez was, he is a totally different type of player.
“But Mario has qualities and he is really focusing on making sure that he is concentrating and preparing right, and eventually the goals will come.”