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GUARDIAN – Mario Balotelli tells Brendan Rodgers he is keen to stay at Liverpool

• Liverpool manager quashes transfer speculation over Italian• Rodgers: ‘He is not one we want to move’• Lucas Leiva is linchpin Liverpool must keepMario Balotelli has told Brendan Rodgers he wishes to remain at Liverpool rather than return to Italy despite the wretched start to his Anfield career.The 24-year-old has scored only twice for Liverpool since his £16m move from Milan in August and last started a game for the club on 8 November, a consequence both of injury and Rodgers’ admission that Balotelli is unsuited to the high-intensity pressing game he demands. Continue reading…

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