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Brendan Rodgers at fault for my Liverpool failure, says Mario Balotelli

By Stuart McKinley

Liverpool flop Mario Balotelli has laid the blame for his Anfield failure at the feet of manager Brendan Rodgers.

The striker, who has been sent back to his native Italy by the Ulsterman after scoring only one Premier League goal last season, aimed a parting shot at the Reds boss after completing a loan move to AC Milan, who sold him to Liverpool for £16m just one year ago.

Rather than taking responsibility for the lack of goals himself, Balotelli claimed that Rodgers didn't adapt his tactics to get the best out of him.

"I must accept my faults, but the formation chosen by Rodgers was not suited to my characteristics," said Balotelli.

He claims that the well documented off-field antics that followed him around earlier in his career, particularly while at Manchester City, are now in the past and that nothing along those lines had a negative impact on his Liverpool career, which is now almost certainly over.

"I never complained, I accepted the decisions of the manager and I always behaved like a professional," he added.

"The professional Mario didn't just land here in Milan, even at Liverpool my behaviour and lifestyle were normal.

"Over the last year there was never a problem with my private life.

"I may have put pictures from restaurants on Instagram, but that does not mean I did not train, even though I was not playing."

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