Balotelli still has a future at Liverpool, says Rodgers

The Liverpool manager is adamant that the Italian has a future with the Merseyside club.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said that Mario Balotelli still has a future at the club, according to the Guardian.

The Italian has failed to impress since joining from AC Milan in a £16m deal in the summer, having only scored two goals in all competitions for the club.

Those goals came against Champions League minnows Ludogorets and in the Carling Cup game against Swansea back in October. However, he has not started a game for the club since the home defeat to Chelsea in November and rumours had been circulating in the London Evening Standard that Italian giants Juventus were interested in securing his signature. 

Now, though, manager Rodgers has insisted that Balotelli still has a future at the club, and will be given his chance at some point in the future.

“We will give Mario every chance,” said Rodgers in the Guardian.

“We brought him in here for this season to give him every chance to show consistently that he can play for a team at the top of this level. It’s been a difficult period for him but he’s a good boy. He wants to fight for his chance here.”

Balotelli and Daniel Sturridge had looked to be forming an understanding in their brief appearance together during a win over Tottenham before the England man’s untimely injury curtailed that progress. Perhaps the return of Sturridge may help Balotelli find his scoring boots again, and Rodgers is certainly willing to give him every chance.

“I’ve seen some bits this morning suggesting that’s him done here,” he added.

“That’s not the case at all. I’ve shown in my time here that if players who have been out the fold for various reasons work hard every day in training and show intensity and focus then they have every chance of getting back in the side and staying there.”

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