Following the completion of his loan move to former club AC Milan, Mario Balotelli has apportioned some of the blame for his struggles at Liverpool upon Reds boss Brendan Rodgers, the Daily Express report.
The controversial striker has seemingly admitted that returning to the Premier League was a mistake, but suggested that his manager’s favoured system did not suit him, and prevented him from being able to prove his critics wrong (via Express).
“I must accept my faults, but the formation chosen by Rodgers was not suited to my characteristics,” he said.
“At the start I messed up a lot of easy chances, then I had fewer opportunities to score, a bit of bad luck, injuries. It was a mess,” he added.
The 25-year-old was as disappointing as many people expected during his time on Merseyside, and only managed a single goal in 16 top flight appearances, and has now been given another chance at San Siro – where he enjoyed a successful spell previously – to prove to the world that he is better than his campaign with Liverpool suggested.
While the former Manchester City man’s comments will annoy several disgruntled Reds fans that had to watch a lacklustre Balotelli exemplify the club’s frustrating season, there were some who felt that his talent would be more apparent if Rodgers decided to partner him with another forward, rather than leave him to work up top alone.
Now during his loan spell with Milan, his job is to prove that his struggles at Anfield were down to Rodgers, and not himself.