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Rodgers: Balotelli's Style Not Suited for Liverpool

  • Reuters, Wednesday, December 24, 2014 3:57 PM
Brendan Rodgers on Tuesday suggested that Mario Balotelli’s style is not best-suited to Liverpool’s game, saying that the former AC Milan striker, who has scored just two goals in all competitions so far this season, doesn’t play the high pressing game that worked so well with Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge last season.

"We've seen that it is not really his game,” the Reds boss said. “Working with Mario, we've seen that he is someone who is better in and around the box. That level of pressing and intensity is not part of his game. But you try to make the best out of the players you have, and the qualities that they have. That's something we will focus on.”

He added: "We've tried to find the solution to get back that intensity and that tempo, and I think we've seen that. It's key for us, that aggressive pressure at the top end of the field. It gives us the platform to go on and dominate the ball. We have to try to maximize the players that we have to make sure our game is as close as possible to the level we want. The last three games has been a lot closer."

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