Cruyff: Clubs have failed Liverpool flop Balotelli

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Dutch legend Johan Cruyff believes that Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli's poor attitude is the fault of his former clubs.

Mario Balotelli isn't exactly flavour of the month at Liverpool right now, but Netherlands hero Johan Cruyff has laid the blame for his current woes on those who failed to educate the Italian marksman.

Balotelli's £16 million summer signing from AC Milan is starting to look like a bad piece of business for Liverpool with the enigmatic hitman looking toothless and petulant.

Many experts have blasted Balotelli's attitude and performances, but he has been backed up by Cruyff, who feels he has been let down by past clubs.

"We always speak about people but I like to speak about the education of people," Cruyff told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"How have past clubs educated Balotelli? It's too simple to say that he doesn't behave well, we need to follow up and ask why.

"If it is down to education, how is it possible that he has played for Italian clubs for the past five or six seasons and he doesn't behave properly?

"For me it's the fault of the team not of the person."

Brendan Rodgers is yet to demonstrate that he can be the coach who finally gets 100 percent regularly from Super Mario and Cruyff appears to be suggesting that the onus is on the manager rather than the player.

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