Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has come out to defend his decision to sign Mario Balotelli after a string of bad performance from his side as well as his new striker, The Guardian reports.
He admitted that finding an instant replacement for someone like Luis Suarez was a near impossible task and that his decision to acquire the 24-year-old Italian attack was down to his availability.
“I always said it was about availability and affordability of players,” Rodgers admitted.
“Mario was the one right at the very end who was available for that. I said when he came in that it was a calculated risk and it’s something I have to work on to try to make it work for the team.
“You assess what the group had. We brought in Rickie Lambert as someone who can play some games for us and come off the bench and be an impact player for us in certain games.
“We had attempts for other strikers that didn’t materialise for one reason or another so it left us right at the end of the window with a decision on whether just to go with what we had, when experience told us we were too light, or take a calculated risk on a player who has quality and then could we get it out of him consistently?”
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