Reds boss hints at move for Milan star.
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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers may have hinted at a move for AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli this summer after giving a glowing review of the player, the Daily Mail reports.
The Reds boss is known to still be in the market for new signings upfront after a move for Queens Park Rangers’ Loic Remy fell through due to a failed medical, leaving the side short of options in attack after Luis Suarez’s £75m move to Barcelona.
Balotelli has been linked with Liverpool at points this summer, as well as with their Premier League rivals Arsenal, and it may now be that Rodgers is looking to win over the player with some highly generous praise.
Despite his talent, the Italian international is not known for being a model professional, having been involved in a number of controversial behavioural incidents throughout his career, but Rodgers has hinted that a little more effort to improve his lifestyle could help lift him to world class status.
“Balotelli is a big talent,” Rodgers said. “I saw that in this time at Inter Milan as a young player and obviously going to Manchester City when we had a real close eye on him there.
“He’s got all the qualities. He’s 6ft 3ins, he’s quick, his touch is terrific and he can score goals.
“He went back to Italy to play and he’s still so young. If his focus is right, his concentration is right and he leads the lifestyle of a top player then he can play for any team in the world.”
This praise for the 23-year-old San Siro star came alongside quotes that confirmed Liverpool’s continued search for new signings, with the club having been busy so far this summer.
“There is no point mentioning numbers or positions, we want to strengthen a couple of positions and if we can do that I’ll be really happy,” he added.