Liverpool morning news, Balotelli could be sold, Rodgers won't bring in defensive coach

A selection of the latest stories involving Liverpool Football Club this Friday morning.

There are yet more stories surrounding Mario Balotelli with several sections of the national press claiming that the Italian could be sold in January.

The forward was signed for £16 million from AC Milan but has only scored one goal in 10 appearances since his arrival at Anfield, as he's failed to find any real form since his arrival on Merseyside.

Rodgers told his pre-match press conference yesterday: “We brought in the player to give him a chance and we will continue to do that. He is working hard to try to fit into the team ethos here but only time will tell. We will see come January what the team needs.”

Balotelli is the least of Liverpool's problems, it seems, as they look to solve their defensive issues having only kept the one clean sheet this season - a trend which seems to have worsened from last term when the Reds conceded 50 Premier League goals.

However, Rodgers has told the Liverpool Echo that he feels he doesn't need to bring in a defensive coach to help improve a back line that has cost them so dearly so far this season.

He said: “I wouldn’t go down that route. The bottom line is our team is based on balance and at times it’s been poor. There is a collective responsibility to defend better and that’s what we have to do.

“Our problem and the issue we have which we need to find the solution for is our lack of coaching time. Take this week, we played Wednesday night, the players physically recover on Thursday, and that leaves us with only a short period of time on the training field before we’ve got the game on Saturday."

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