Balotelli has Liverpool future insists Rodgers

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has insisted enigmatic striker Mario Balotelli has a future at the club in the wake of the latest controversy surrounding the Italian, Sky Sports has reported.

Balotelli is facing possible FA action over a post on social media sight Instagram that has been interpreted as racist – it depicted several stereotypes of ethnic backgrounds – when he meant it to be “anti-racist” in humour.

The 24-year-old, a target of racial abuse several times already in his career, was quick to remove the image and issue an apology but the whole affair has sparked fresh speculation that Rodgers could look to offload the misfiring striker in January.

However the Kop boss has flatly denied these reports and insists the striker has a future at the club, although he is currently side lined with a hamstring problem.

Rodgers said: “He’s still very much a Liverpool player but he’s injured at the moment and there’s nothing more to add.

“He’s not fit to play and my concentration is on players who are fit and available to play and that’s my only thinking at the moment.

“He is working with the medical team on a daily basis and I trust the team of people here to look after injuries.”

Liverpool have put together a good set of results in recent games, worryingly following the injury to Balotelli.

They suffered four straight defeats in November but with the introduction of Rickie Lambert replacing the next to goalless Italian they have won two and drawn another from four in all competitions.

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