Date:6th March 2015 at 4:26pm
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The agent of Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli insists Brendan Rodgers is having a positive effect on the player’s career.

Rodgers has publicly questioned Balotelli’s work rate in recent weeks, despite a run which saw him produce two goals and an assist in three appearances.

Balotelli has not featured in the Reds last two matches, and posted on social media on Wednesday night that ‘someone doesn’t like’ him – presumably in reference to Rodgers.

Balotelli wrote: ““Someone doesn’t Like me But differently [sic] of what they say about me im a team player and im so proud of my team, of this win and of these fans! let’s keep going bravi ragazzi!!! YNWA !!!”

But the strikers agent Mino Raiola says Brendan Rodgers is helping Balotelli to develop as a footballer by asking him to do things he hasn’t done before.

Raiola said: “Right now, I think Mario makes a very interesting development for his career.

“He found a coach (Brendan Rodgers) who asks him things that had never requested of it until now. Including the fact of running without the ball.

“This allows him to grow as a person and as a football player. He will come out even stronger. He is proud of his team (Liverpool) and that is the most important.”