Mario Balotelli is trying very hard at Liverpool, says Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers is confident Mario Balotelli is trying his best
Brendan Rodgers insists Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli is trying “very, very hard” to be a success at Anfield.
The 24-year-old was substituted at half-time of Liverpool’s 3-0 loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
As long as he’s doing his best that’s all I can ask. Whether that best is good enough remains to be seen
Balotelli has scored one goal in 10 appearances in all competitions since his £16 move to Liverpool from AC Milan in the summer.
And Liverpool manager Rodgers is confident Balotelli is trying his best despite a string of disappointing performances.
“It’ll happen when the team’s not playing well – you have to accept that. The boy is trying very very hard. Longer term we’ll see how that works out for him.
“As long as he’s doing his best that’s all I can ask. Whether that best is good enough remains to be seen.”
Rodgers added that Balotelli has been reminded of what is acceptable and what is unacceptable after the striker stoked controversy by swapping shirts with Pepe at half-time.
On the topic of Liverpool’s defence, Rodgers accepted that improvements need to be made to ensure the Reds are competitive.
“As a team we need to be better,” Rodgers continued.
“We all pride ourselves on clean sheets but we need to be more competitive and more aggressive as a team. That was a disappointment from the Real Madrid game.
“A large number of the goals we conceded have been soft so it is our job to improve our record.”