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Liverpool's Mario Balotelli has not requested a personal hearing over his FA charge

Liverpool's Mario Balotelli has not requested a personal hearing over his FA charge

Liverpool's Mario Balotelli has not requested a personal hearing over his FA charge

LIVERPOOL and Brendan Rodgers are desperately trying to offload Mario Balotelli and ex-boss Robert Mancini could provide an escape route.

Rodgers' admission that he has dressing room issues has increased the pressure to ditch Balotelli and although Mancini had a fiery relationship with Balotelli during his time at Manchester City, speculation suggests that he might be keen to bring the troubled Italian to Inter Milan.

"The last time I spoke to him was in London before he went to Milan, it's been about two years," Mancini said.

"I am a big fan of his, I love him for what he is as a boy, and my hope is that one day he will drop the things that are not important and show on the field what he is capable of."

Liverpool's problem child continues to attract widespread criticism although he is likely to start in Liverpool's potentially tricky League Cup quarter-final away to Bournemouth tomorrow night.

One player who could be going in the opposite direction to Balotelli is Inter's Colombian midfielder Fredy Guarin.

The Merseyside club have been alerted as to the availability of Guarin and are said to be considering a potential loan swap deal involving Balotelli.

Rodgers is keen on bolstering his central midfield options, with Lucas Leiva a constant injury worry to go with the dipping form of Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson.

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