Brendan Rodgers claims everyone’s playing for their future, and that Balotelli is ‘doing his best’

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Brendan Rodgers refused to single out Mario Balotelli for criticism after our defeat to Hull City, and suggested that every player should be concerned for their future.

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What was perhaps most disappointing about the loss, was our inability to seriously trouble the opposition goalkeeper. Mario Balotelli failed to add to his single Premier League goal this term, and after suffering a foot injury, had to be replaced by Rickie Lambert, whose record is hardly better. The former Southampton man has two league goals since his summer switch.

The defeat at the KC Stadium leaves the success of our top four hopes completely reliant on all our rivals having appalling runs until the end of the season.

According to the Liverpool Echo, when reflecting on the game, Rodgers suggested that the £16m man Balotelli was doing everything he could to help the team, and that our problems up front were not solely down to him.

“Mario is doing his best,” he began.

“But it’s clear over the course of the season, not just this game, that it’s an area that we’ve struggled with,” he said.

After a disappointing campaign, Rodgers is preparing for a pivotal summer, and revealed that when involved with a club like ours, the pressure is on every player to produce the goods on a regular basis.

“Every single player, every day you come into work at Liverpool, you’re working for your future,” he added.

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