Rodgers rules out Balotelli disturbing Liverpool's 'fantastic environment'
Liverpool football team boss Brendan Rodgers has insisted that no player would be allowed to disturb the fantastic environment at Anfield as the Premier League club appeared to close in on signing the controversial striker Mario Balotelli from AC Milan.
It has been reportedly revealed that the Italy international would have to agree to Liverpool's code of conduct if his proposed 16 million pounds transfer from AC Milan is to be completed, with the clubs having already agreed the fee.
Rodgers was shy when talking about the supposedly imminent arrival of Balotelli, and said that he can categorically tell that he cannot speak about it until the player is signed, Sport24 reported.
Nevertheless, the Northern Irishman did make clear the standards of behaviour he expected from all his players, without exception. Rodgers said that Liverpool has quite an extensive code of conduct for players and staff and there is no specific one for any one individual.
The Liverpool boss said that the club has a fantastic environment and a great culture, and he feels that it is something that was very important for them to create and build.
Rodgers said that there would be nothing that will ever shake that or provoke it in any way, and added that it is something he always protects at the club.
Balotelli's two and a half years with Manchester City prior to returning to Italy were overshadowed by his off-pitch antics, which included car crashes, setting fireworks off in his bathroom and an incident in which he threw a dart at a youth-team player, the report added.
(Posted on 24-08-2014)