Mario Balotelli needs to keep putting body on line, says Liverpool manager
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says £16m signing Mario Balotelli has a real keenness to learn
Brendan Rodgers says Mario Balotelli needs to keep putting his body on the line for Liverpool.
The 24-year-old striker scored his first Reds goals as Liverpool were 2-1 winners against Ludogorets in their Champions League opener at Anfield on Tuesday.
He put his body on the line and he needs to do more of that
Balotelli arrived at Anfield from AC Milan with a reputation for causing trouble, but the Italy international has enjoyed a seamless transition – so far.
And Liverpool manager Rodgers revealed that the £16m signing is keen to learn about the club and improve his performances on the pitch.
“He’s a boy who has really looked into the history of the club and he understands the great strikers of the past,” Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo.
“We have spoken about [Luis] Suarez and his time here. Remember he’s still young, he still wants to learn, he still needs to learn and that’s the beauty of it for me.
“When I spoke to him when I first met him he still had this keenness to want to learn and when you see his work against Ludogorets, he put his body on the line and he needs to do more of that.
“I think that will come when he gets fitter and getting into good positions will allow him to score goals. But he’s well in tune with the history, not only of the club, but of Liverpool.”