There seems to be more troubles for Italian striker, Mario Balotelli, as Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has hinted that he does not fit into his new plan for the team, and that he would have to “get used” to sitting on the bench.
Although the Italian is available to face Burnley on Boxing Day, Rodgers has been happy with his recent switch in formation and, after admitting that his striker is not suited to the new style, looks set to stick with it, according to Goal.com.
“We’re at our best when our game is aggressive,” he told reporters of the 3-4-3 system. “So for us it was about trying to find the solution to get back that intensity and tempo to our game, which is critical in terms of how we work.
“That’s key, that real aggressive pressure at the top end of the field. The players are starting to adapt and performances will get better and better.”
The Liverpool manager went on further to say: “We have seen it’s not really his game. Working with him for the period of time he’s been here we have seen that he’s probably someone who’s better in and around the box.
“That level of intensity and pressing isn’t part of his game. But you try to get the best out of the players you have and the qualities they have. So that’s something we will focus on. The most important thing is he is now available and adds another player to the squad.”
“It’s something he would have to get used to,” he added. “If the team is going to need him from the bench then it’s something he would have to become adjusted to. It’s the same for every single player, not just him. When called upon, whether it’s to start a game or come off the bench, you ask your players to be ready.”