Mario Balotelli blames Brendan Rodgers for failing at Anfield

Mario Balotelli claims manager Brendan Rodgers’ tactics contributed to his woeful spell at Liverpool.

Mario Balotelli blames Brendan Rodgers for failing at Anfield

The 25-year-old striker has returned to AC Milan on loan a year after leaving the San Siro in a last-minute deal which Rodgers admitted at the time was a “calculated risk”.

It failed spectacularly, with the Italy international scoring just four goals in 28 appearances and only one of those coming in the Premier League.

Balotelli was criticised for his attitude and lack of work-rate but he said Rodgers’ tactics made it difficult for him.

“I must accept my faults but the formation chosen by Rodgers was not suited to my characteristics,” he said.

“At the beginning I missed several easy chances, then I had fewer chances to score, a bit of bad luck, injuries. A mess of things.”

Balotelli quickly fell out of favour and after being left out of the pre-season tour Rodgers made it clear to him he no longer had a future at the club, forcing him to train away from the rest of the squad with other unwanted players Fabio Borini and Jose Enrique.

Numerous stories have subsequently emerged regarding the Italian’s behaviour while on Merseyside but Balotelli insists he did little wrong.

“I never complained, I accepted the decisions of the manager and I always behaved like a professional,” he added.

“The professional Mario didn’t just land here in Milan, even at Liverpool my behaviour and lifestyle were normal.

“Over the last year there was never a problem with my private life.”

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