Balotelli MUST improve in training if he wants to get picked, insists Rodgers


Balotelli wont be getting any playing time until he improves in training.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has said Italian striker Mario Balotelli that he won’t get picked for the squad not until he improves in training.

The former AC Milan and Manchester City striker didn’t make the squad for the goalless FA Cup fourth round draw against Bolton at Anfield despite the striker being fit.

'Balotelli wasn't injured, he was just not selected,' said Rodgers as the Daily Mail reported. 'It's tough for him.

'We had an hour or so yesterday (Friday) chatting. He understands where we are at. He was out for a week not well.

'I am judging it every day in training - Mario is exactly the same as every other player, there is no special treatment for anyone,' said the Reds boss.

'We had an hour or so yesterday chatting and he understands where he is at. He knows exactly what is required to be in this squad before he can be in the team.'

'But he knows the level of what this team is at. He has seen the pressing and aggression and if you can't do that, then you aren't going to be a part of that.'

'Mario will work very hard to feature again. I'm confident he will respond in the right way.'

The Reds striker Daniel Sturridge will be returning to full training at Melwood on Monday having not played for Liverpool since August 2014.

The England international could also feature in next weekend's tie against West Ham United and might make the squad for Tuesday's Capital One Cup semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge vs Chelsea.

'Daniel starts training tomorrow (Monday) with the team,' said the Liverpool manager.

'He had his final rehabilitation with the sports science team today and now it's about getting the condition with football fitness and game fitness.

'We'll see how he is for Tuesday, if he's not ready for Tuesday then he will be back for sure against West Ham next weekend.'


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