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Brendan Rodgers: What I expect from Mario Balotelli


Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says striker Mario Balotelli is ready to work hard to fulfill his potential.

The Italy international was signed in the summer to replace Luis Suarez and will be expected to deliver the same number of goals scored by the now-Barcelona striker.

"Mario has really looked into the history of the club. He understands the great strikers of the past," Rodgers is quoted as saying in The Mirror.

"We've spoken about Suarez and his time here but if you're clever, you'll learn and remember he's still young and still learning the game and he still has this hunger to do well.

"When I first spoke to him, first met him, he had this keenness to learn.

"Against Ludogorets, you could see he put his body on the line.

"He needs to do more of that, that will come as he gets fitter, and then getting into good positions will allow him to score goals.

"That's going to be very important. The crowd demand that because the players who've been here in the past in that position have been non-stop and he's becoming attuned to that."

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