Former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers hits bact at Mario Balotelli

Next Story

Christian clerics fault Governor El-Rufai’s plan to rebuild worship centres with N100m

Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted that he struggled to connect with controversial striker Mario Balotelli during his time at Anfield.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Brendan Rodgers manager of Liverpool talks with Mario Balotelli during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on October 2, 2014 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Balotelli, who was sent back to AC Milan on loan following his first season on Merseyside after scoring just on Premier League goal, hit out at his disastrous time with Rodgers and labeled him the ‘worst coach’ he has ever worked with.

In reaction to that, now Celtic boss Rodgers admitted that the Italian striker was ‘probably absolutely spot on’ after claiming the late transfer gamble just didn’t pay off.

READ Archive:   Mourinho, Guardiola face again in League Cup

‘He was probably absolutely spot on,’ Rodgers told talkSPORT when asked about Balotelli’s criticism. ‘I just couldn’t really connect with Mario,’ he added.

‘He was one that came in very late in the window. It was a gamble taken from a club perspective,’ Rodgers confessed.

‘It was one where, he’s a big talent, he’ll come in and develop, he’s got all the tools.

‘In all fairness, I just find it very difficult to connect with Mario.

‘On the field, he tried his best. But yeah, it certainly wasn’t something that worked out as everyone would like.’

READ Archive:   Super Eagles begins Training today for 2018 WorldCup Qualifier ... See more photos

‘If you sit with him in the office, the guy’s a good fella, a good guy,’ the Celtic manager continued.

‘If he could ever match that intensity with his talent, then he’d be one of the best players in the world.

‘On the field, it was something that never worked out. That season was difficult for us.

‘But now I hope he’s got a club, that might be a final chance over in France. But hopefully it can work out for him.’

Balotelli, who left Liverpool on a free transfer in the summer, is now rebuilding his career at French club Nice and has been in sensational form as the club sit top of Ligue 1 ahead of PSG.

READ Archive:   Nigerian Football will not augur well if politics is given room - Chukwu

2 thoughts on “Former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers hits bact at Mario Balotelli

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *