Liverpool boss Rodgers defends Balotelli

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers isn’t concerned by the form of Mario Balotelli, ESPN reports, believing the striker is simply not getting any luck.

Balotelli was criticised for his display against Queens Park Rangers as the Reds won 3-2, QPR contriving to score two own goals, the last of which came in the last minute, via Steven Caulker, to give Liverpool the victory.

With only one goal in nine games for Liverpool since a £16m move from Milan, Balotelli has come under fire but Rodgers defended the Italy international. “The guy is doing his best and working really hard and it is not dropping for him,” Rodgers said. “It’ll drop for the boy.

“The most important thing to me is his work rate. He’s working really hard. It’ll drop for him,” he continued. “He’s seen as a direct replacement to Luis [Suarez]. I’ve said before, Luis is irreplaceable, a real world-class talent.

“That’s not what’s being asked of Mario. He’s a great boy, I’ve enjoyed working with him. He wants to be better. He’s a completely different player to Luis.”

Balotelli scored 30 goals in 80 games during his last Premier League spell, with Manchester City, winning the FA Cup in 2011 and the title a year later. He netted 30 goals in 54 games for Milan after leaving the Etihad Stadium.

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