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Former Liverpool star piles blame on Brendan Rodgers not Balotelli

Ex-Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp has waded into the Mario Balotelli debate.

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has had a torrid start to his career at the club and his actions in last night's 3-0 defeat to Real Madrid certainly did him no favours.

After a lacklustre first-half display and then swapping shirts with Pepe while walking back down he tunnel the Italian was subsequently substituted at the break.

Following the match, a Sky Sports panel of Graeme Souness, Jamie Carragher and Jamie Redknapp were all having their say on the controversial striker, and Redknapp revealed that whatever the striker does or doesn't do, it's Brendan Rodgers's fault because he brought him to the club.

He told Sky Sports: "I don't blame Mario Balotelli, I blame Brendan Rodgers for bringing him here. How he thought he could turn around a player who (Jose) Mourinho, (Roberto) Mancini and (Cesare) Prandelli have all washed their hands of.

"There’s a reason when you go to the supermarket and something is half price.

"Why on earth they went for him I’ll never know. They should’ve just left him alone. The fact that they went and got him, it just doesn’t make any sense to me."

While it is harsh to blame Balotelli for Liverpool ongoings problems this season, he has done very little to help the team out on the field.

Despite investing in defensive recruits during the summer, Brendan Rodgers's back-line is still the weakest point in the Liverpool squad, and now that they haven't got Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge to outscore their opponents, people are looking to Balotelli for the goals and he just hasn't delivered.

It was a huge risk for Rodgers to bring the troubled former AC Milan and Manchester City striker to Anfield, and currently that risk is not paying off.

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