Date: 27th December 2014 at 5:19pm
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Brendan Rodgers says there are no plans currently in place to offload Mario Balotelli in the January transfer window.

The Italian striker is yet to score a Premier League goal since moving from AC Milan for £16million in the summer, and appears to have fallen behind Rickie Lambert in the pecking order.

The 24-year-old was an unused substitute during the Reds 1-0 win over Burnley on Boxing Day, but Rodgers insists there are no plans in place to offload the forward this winter.

“It’s not something I have even thought about, to be honest,” said Rodgers.

“We’ve had a lot of games this season in a lot of competitions and, at this moment in time, the key for me is to keep this squad together.

“If the team needs him from the bench then it is something he will need to become adjusted to – that is the same for every single player, not just him.

“When called upon, whether starting or off the bench, you ask your players to be ready.

“We’ve seen it isn’t really his game.

“Working with Mario, we see he is someone who is better in and around the box so that level of intensity and pressing isn’t part of his game.

“But you try to get the best out of the players you have and the qualities you have. That is something we will focus on.”