Premier League - Rodgers: Liverpool 'is not the Mario Balotelli show'

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has been impressed by the impact Mario Balotelli has made in training with the Reds but is keen to stress that no individual is a bigger star than the team.

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Mario Balotelli - picture taken from Twitter via Liverpool FC

Maverick striker Balotelli is in contention to make his debut for the Merseyside outfit in Sunday's Barclays Premier League game at Tottenham following his move from AC Milan earlier this week.

Asked about the 24-year-old at his pre-match press conference on Friday, Rodgers said: "He is fine. He has settled in very well and has looked fantastic in training.

"He is a good lad. The focus is very much on his football and he has done very well.

"He is moving to Merseyside. He is engrossing himself into the club and the people, but more importantly into his football. I look forward to seeing that development over the coming years."

When Rodgers was then asked about the excitement among Liverpool fans at the Italy international's arrival, the manager said: "This is not the Mario Balotelli show.

"He is a good player, a talented player. But he has got a lot of work to do here. We have a number of top-class players and the star of this team will always be the team."

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