Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has told the press that striker Mario Balotelli is “playing for his future” at the club.
The Italian is coming to the end of his first season at Anfield – and will surely be disappointed with his meagre goal return.
After signing from AC Milan in August last year, the Italian international has managed just four goals for the Reds so far, with just one of them coming in the Premiership.
He was signed to replace Luis Suarez, who is having an excellent season with Barcelona, but has spectacularly failed to cover the loss of the 31 goals scored by the Uruguayan last season.
And now Rodgers has admitted to the media that the former Manchester City man’s future is far from certain.
“Mario has got a few years left on his contract and it is fair to say that every single player here is playing for his future.” he said.
“Mario is doing his best – he’s come off with a foot injury – but I think it’s clear over the course of the season, not just in this game, that he’s struggling.”
All four goals scored by Balotelli have come in different competitions, but each has been scored at Anfield. Having started the last two away games this week at West Brom and Hull City he has continued to struggle on the road even more than he has at home.