Liverpool will not be selling Mario Balotelli in January, Brendan Rodgers insists, despite the striker’s continuing struggles to make an impact at Anfield.
Rodgers, however, has jokingly agreed with Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini’s suggestion that any coach in charge of Balotelli, 24, should be paid double for taking on the task.
The Italy international has failed to score a Premier League goal for Liverpool since arriving from AC Milan for £16 million in August. He has not started a match for the club sinceNovember 8, making just four substitute appearances since returning from a groin injury in December.
“Roberto knows him very well,” Rodgers said. “I think he said that when you work with Mario, you should be paid double. I saw that, so I’ll agree with that. I’ll speak to the owners about that.
“But all joking aside, he has worked with Mario and knows him. Mario’s a good guy. He hasn’t scored the goals here that he would have wanted or we would have wanted.
“But we’re determined to help him find the solution here, so he certainly won’t be going anywhere in January.”
Rodgers said over Christmas that Balotelli does not fit into the 3-4-2-1 setup he has deployed in recent weeks, and so may have to get used to being on the bench.