Video - Brendan Rodgers says he didn't want Mario Balotelli

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Rodgers spoke candidly on Sky Sports
Rodgers spoke candidly on Sky Sports

Brendan Rodgers made his first public comments since he was sacked by Liverpool on Sunday, with his revelation on the club's controversial transfer committee making for fascinating viewing.

Managers tend to sign confidentially agreements when they leave a club as part of their pay-off, yet Rodgers spoke candidly in a fascinating interview with Sky Sports.

It was Rodgers' views on the story behind the controversial signing of Italian striker Mario Balotelli that set tongues wagging among Liverpool fans, as it appears he did not have the final say on transfer during his time at Liverpool.

"After a friendly against AC Milan, I was asked the question and I felt Mario wasn't someone who suited the profile of what we were after," he stated. 

"But come the end of the summer when we were struggling to get in the type of player we wanted, the ownership thought this was perhaps a player I could develop.

"He's a wonderful talent, there's no doubt about that; you see him on the training ground every day - tall, strong, great touch.

"They were thinking this is a £50m player we could maybe get for £16m. When the owners are wanting you to go down that route and there's no other option, you give it a go.

"Obviously Mario has got big talent. I didn't think I was going to be any different to other managers he has had trouble with.

"We didn't really have another option. Do we go with one striker or go with someone who is talented and see if it can work?"

"In the end, it didn't quite work and it cost us."

Here is the full extract of Rodgers' appearance on Sky Sports Goals on Sunday: