Rodgers helping Balotelli grow at Liverpool – Raiola

The mercurial Italian has been criticised for his performances at Anfield this season but his agent believes the Reds boss is helping to improve him as a player

Brendan Rodgers is working Mario Balotelli harder than any other manager he has played under and the Liverpool striker is improving as a result, according to the player’s agent.

Italy international Balotelli endured a tought start to his Anfield career and has failed to nail down a regular starting berth since joining from Milan last August, scoring just three goals in 18 appearances in all competitions.

But the former Manchester City striker has shown a notable improvement in recent matches and his representive, Mino Raiola, credits manager Rodgers for helping his client’s development.

“Right now, I think Mario has a very interesting development for his career,” he told RMC. “He has found a coach who asks of him things that had never been requested of him until now, including the discipline of running without the ball.

“This allows him to grow as a person and as a football player. He’ll come out even stronger. He is proud of his team and that is the most important.”

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