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Rodgers: We'll get best out of Mario

BRENDAN RODGERS believes that he can do what nobody else has managed to do so far and tame Mario Balotelli.

But Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini showed Rodgers an embarrassment of striking power when he unleased Stefan Jovetic on Liverpool to bag three points for a 3-1 win at the Etihad.

While Pellegrini could afford to spring Sergio Aguerro from the bench to add to Jovetic's powerful brace before Rickie Lambert forced a face-saver, Rodgers has urgent plans to integrate one of City's cast-offs into his squad.

"I believe we have the infrastructure, culture and environment to get the best out of him and help him achieve his true potential," said Rodgers.

"We are a strong group here, committed to hard work and he will benefit from being around it."

Balotelli was in the away dressing room prior to their defeat and according to Rodgers, signing a player with serious baggage is a good move.

"This transfer represents outstanding value for the club and I think we have done a really smart piece of business here.

"I am looking forward to working with him and helping him learn more, improve and progress as a player. I'm sure the supporters will make him feel very welcome."