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BRENDAN Rodgers will ask Mario Balotelli to save his skin against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Balotelli has been back in full training all week and will be part of Liverpool's match day squad after a long lay-off due to a groin strain.

But Giovanni Trapattoni believes that the sulky Italian striker will live to regret his behaviour and many wasted opportunities.

"I do not know how Balotelli's career will pan out in the future. But I know that when he hangs up his boots he will realise the many opportunities he has wasted," said the former Ireland boss.

Rodgers must gear up for a huge visit to Old Trafford with discontent at Anfield growing, fuelled by Raheem Sterling's refusal to consider a £70k-a-week new contract offer.

Already, a social media backlash has left 'Pound' Sterling under no illusions about the depth of annoyance among Liverpool fans, branding him as greedy and disloyal.

However, with Real Madrid waiting in the wings and ready to pay considerably more than Liverpool are offering, the real focus will fall on Rodgers and Liverpool's American owner John Henry if they fail to agree a new deal with their hottest property.