Rodgers was speaking ahead of Monday evening’s clash with Manchester City.
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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admitted that Mario Balotelli brings “trouble” to Anfield ahead of Monday night’s Premier League trip to Manchester City, report the Mail, but the Northern Irishman believes that he can bring the best out of the controversial Italian striker.
The former Swansea City and Reading boss was asked what £16 million signing Balotelli will bring to Anfield following his arrival at AC Milan and replied “trouble!”, before going on to outline the positives that the one time Manchester City forward is able to provide to the Reds:
“Look at the talent. He’s at a stage in his career where this is his chance. I’ve worked with those types of players all my life in youth coaching where I’ve never had the finished article.”
“He needs to be consistent and if he can do that he will be one hell of a player. Most players I like to look in their eye and see honesty and humility.”
Rodgers’ confirmation that the three-and-a-half hours he spent talking with Balotelli for the weekend convinced him to go through with the deal will be music to the ears of Liverpool fans who are concerned about his ability to change and grasp what Rodgers describes as a “last chance”.
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