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.

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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.”

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