LONDON (AFP) – Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said Monday that controversial striker Mario Balotelli had caused him no problems during his time at Anfield.
The Reds signed the Italy forward from AC Milan last month and the former Manchester City player scored his first goal for his new club in last week’s 2-1 Champions League victory over Ludogorets.
Then on Sunday, not for the first time in his career, Balotelli was the victim of racial abuse after reacting to Manchester United’ shock defeat by Leicester with a tweet saying: “Man Utd…LOL”.
Rodgers said: “Every player is different and individual, and I have really enjoyed working with him so far.
“He is a good guy, he wants to do well for the club and he has shown me that he cares enough about the club (for me) to devote that time to him.
“For me, he is not complicated – he is a football player who wants to do well in his life and his career, and if he continues to give everything and work tirelessly for the cause, then there will always be an opportunity here for him.”