Balotelli: Formation hindered me at Anfield

Date published: Tuesday 27th January 2015 11:12

Balotelli: Formation hindered me at Anfield

The Italy international has moved back to the club he left last summer in a £16million deal after Rodgers made it clear he had no future at the club, leaving him out of their pre-season tour and making him train away from the main group.
In his first spell with Milan Balotelli scored 30 times in 54 appearances but never came close to replicating that at Anfield, with just four goals in 28 games.
The 25-year-old is happy to shoulder the blame for his struggles but also believes he was hindered by the manager’s tactics.
“I must accept my faults, but the formation chosen by [manager Brendan] Rodgers was not suited to my characteristics,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport.
“At the start I messed up a lot of easy chances, then I had fewer opportunities to score, a bit of bad luck, injuries. It was a mess.
“However I never protested, I accepted the choices of the manager and always behaved like a professional.”
Balotelli has also refuted suggestions he was anything less than professional during his time at Liverpool, adding: “Mario the man hasn’t just appeared at Milanello, at Liverpool as well my attitude and style of life were very normal.
“In the last year there weren’t ever any problems with my private life.
“I could’ve put up a picture on Instagram in a restaurant, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t training, even though I wasn’t playing.
“I’ve trained a lot, often double sessions and also by myself or in the last few months with Fabio Borini and Jose Enrique.”

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