Paul Ince thinks that the players are afraid to speak to the Italian…
Former Liverpool player Paul Ince believes that the club needs to sell Mario Balotelli, reports the Daily Mail.
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The ex-England man thinks that the other members of the squad are afraid of criticising the mercurial striker in case he ends up blowing his top like he has done in the past.
“I just watched him play [against Manchester United] and he plays for himself. You can see the frustration in the other players. There was a time when he could have put another player in but he didn’t,” he said to talkSPORT.
“It seems like people are frightened to say something to him in case he goes the other way. They keep saying what a great, talented player he is but I’m yet to see it,” he continued.
The 47-year-old also says that Brendan Rodgers should never have signed the Italian after seeing that Roberto Mancini and Jose Mourinho were unable to control him.
“It was a strange decision bringing Balotelli in,” added Ince.
“Brendan [Rodgers] thought he could take that gamble because of losing Luis Suarez to Barcelona but if Jose Mourinho couldn’t control him and Roberto Mancini couldn’t control him then I don’t understand why Brendan thought he could,” he continued.
“I think the quicker Brendan Rodgers sees it and can get rid of him the better, to be honest, and the better it will be for everyone because there is a lack of spirit in that Liverpool side,” the former Blackpool manager concluded.
The Merseyside club have endured a poor start to the season and subsequently pressure has built on their Northern Irish manager. Their recent loss to Manchester United seems to have intensified the bad feeling around the club.