Rodgers warns Balotelli: Leave Liverpool if you want to play

The striker “knows his situation” according to the manager, who has no intention of playing him in the first team again as he hopes to force a move

If Mario Balotelli wants to play senior football this season then he must find leave Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers has warned.

The striker has been told he is surplus to requirements at Anfield and Rodgers has insisted he will not change his mind after the controversial striker’s poor first season with Liverpool.

The unwanted trio of players – which also includes Fabio Borini and Jose Enrique – have been told to train with Liverpool’s youth team, prompting the defender to claim last week that Rodgers has “alienated” them.

But Rodgers shifted the blame right back on the players on Sunday, arguing Liverpool will not stand in the way of a transfer, telling reporters: “He [Balotelli] clearly knows his situation and where he’s at.

“There’s nothing to add. All of the players understand where they’re at.

“My job is to create the best possible environment for the team to succeed. That’s what I’ve always done. So I’m not going to speak about Mario when I can speak about another 25 players.

“I’ll always treat individuals with respect and try to make sure they understand the situation, where they’re at – it’s then their choice.

“If the manager and the club give a player a situation, if they really want to play, I’m sure they’ll find a solution. If they don’t, then at least they know where they stand.”

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