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Rodgers admits Balotelli doesn't fit in Liverpool system

Liverpool face a trip to Burnley on Boxing Day, and manager Brendan Rodgers looks set to use his new 3-4-3 system again - but admitted £16m summer signing Mario Balotelli doesn't fit the system.

"I think we've seen that it's not really his game (the 3-4-3 system)," said Rodgers. "Having worked with Mario during the time he's been here, we've seen that he's a player who is better in and around the box, so that level of intensity and pressing isn't a part of his game."

"But you try to get the best out of the players that you have, and the qualities that they have, so that's something that we'll focus on," he added.

Liverpool hero says Rodgers should get no money to spend

It's fair to say that Liverpool's summer spending hasn't worked, with virtually none of the arrivals impressing in any way so far. Rodgers has hinted that there could be more additions in January, but former Reds defender Steve Nicol says Rodgers doesn't deserve any more money based on his transfer record.

"If I was John Henry I would be very scared to give a lot of money to someone who has shown in the transfer market there have been more misses than hits," said Nicol. "Of that £200million he’s spent there have been only two successes – and that’s Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho to a certain extent."

"The other 18-19 players he signed haven’t kicked a ball and that’s a horrible percentage when it comes to signing players. So if I’m John Henry I’ve got a really tough decision as to whether I give Rodgers any more money," he added.

Belgian international midfielder linked in €15m swoop

Still, it does seem like Rodgers will be backed in the transfer market, and reports in Italy suggest that a move for Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan could be on the cards.

Nainggolan, 26, was recently linked with Manchester United having impressed with his energetic displays in Rudi Garcia's midfield, and Football Italia cite reports in Gazzetta Dello Sport that Liverpool want to make a €15m swoop in January in a bid to improve their midfield.

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