Balotelli’s agent reveals how striker has improved at Liverpool

Mino Raiola has discussed Mario Balotelli’s biggest improvement at Liverpool.

Balotelli has been fairly unsuccessful at Anfield, scoring just four goals in 23 appearances, but his agent Mino Raiola has told RMC where Brendan Rodgers has made him improve.

Arriving on Merseyside as an extremely talented, but rather selfish striker, Balotelli was struggling to adapt to Rodgers’ system, and his poaching play did not fit in with the running off the ball effort needed to be a success with the Reds.

The 24-year-old failed to set the world alight in his early outings, and it took him until Premier League matchday 25 to net his first goal in the league.

However, it appears as if Balotelli’s situation is starting to improve. While goals still have not been forthcoming - strikes against Spurs and Besiktas have certainly improved his tally - his general work rate has increased, and he looks close to being a perfect fit in Rodgers’ new-look system.

Balotelli should be praised for his improvement, as he has put the work in to become a success at Anfield despite being heavily criticised for his early performances. Rodgers’ new system may suit him slightly better, and with time he has fitted in to Liverpool better, but a lot of the work has been on the Italian international’s back.

This is not to say that Rodgers has not worked explicitly with Balotelli to help him succeed, and the forward’s agent, Mino Raiola, has admitted that the coach has been making the Italian learn things he has never attempted before.

Quoted by RMC in France, Raiola said: “Right now, I think Mario has a very interesting development for his career. He found a coach who asks of him things that had never been requested of him until now. Including the fact of running without the ball. This allows him to grow as a person and as a football player. He’ll come out even stronger.”

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