Liverpool boss ready to AXE star forward

Brendan Rodgers is ready to drop Mario Balotelli from his Liverpool XI for today’s clash with West Brom, according to reports from The Sun.

The Italian forward was brought in from AC Milan in a £16m deal shortly before the close of the summer transfer window, and was tasked with filling the void left by the departed Luis Suarez.

But after six appearances for the Merseysiders, the 24-year-old has just one goal to his name – which came against Bulgarian minnows Ludogorets Razgrad in the Champions League – and has been a regular in Liverpool’ underperforming XI.

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Now after a poor showing against Basel in midweek, Rodgers is ready to take Balotelli out of the firing line.

Should the Northern Irishman follow through with the expected decision, it’s likely that Rickie Lambert will be handed a first league start for his boyhood club, with Daniel Sturridge unlikely to be risked from the start even if he is fit in time for the game following his lengthy thigh injury.

‘Balo’ has been heavily criticised throughout his career for a perceived lack of effort on the pitch and a divisive personality off of it.

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