Brendan Rodgers: Mario Balotelli ‘understands’ Liverpool penalty plans

Mario Balotelli "understands" that he is not Liverpool's first-choice penalty taker, insists Brendan Rodgers

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Brendan Rodgers has revealed that Mario Balotelli “understands” that Steven Gerrard is Liverpool’s first-choice penalty taker.

Get enhanced odds of 5/1 on Balotelli to score and/or be sent off against Spurs! Click here!

Steven Gerrard is the penalty-taker. Mario has been told that

Brendan Rodgers

The Liverpool boss says the Italy striker, who joined in a £16m deal from AC Milan last week, has been putting in extra minutes in training at Melwood, practising penalties and free-kicks.

However, Rodgers has reminded the 24-year-old that captain Gerrard remains his side’s first-choice spot-kick taker.

“If you’d have seen Mario in training, he’s been out for 45 minutes doing extra work on free-kicks and penalties,” Rodgers told reporters.

“And yes, he has asked who takes the penalties. He’s brilliant at it. And he knows it as well. But Steven Gerrard is the penalty-taker. Mario has been told that. He understands the situation.”

Rodgers also insisted that controversial forward Balotelli would not be getting away with any unprofessional behaviour.

“Everything he does off the field gets monitored and looked at,” Rodgers added. “He does kind things and, yes, stupid ones.

“He is a guy who I believe can help us. But he’s not the star. The star of the team is the team.”


MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

The Sport Review
Friendly rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer celebrate ‘the great memories we shared’
The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Arsenal, Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 40 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 25 footballers’ cars: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Real Madrid players feature
The Sport Review
Top 20 Nigerian footballers in Premier League: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal player wages 2017: Do you know how much Xhaka, Ozil and Coquelin earn each week?
The Sport Review
Ander Herrera: Why Man United trust top 19-year-old
The Sport Review
Steven Gerrard predicts where Man United will finish this term
The Sport Review
Chelsea and Man United have edge over title rivals, claims Schmeichel