By Tom Finn

October 31, 2014

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers must be getting used to all the journalists asking him questions regarding Italian bad boy striker Mario Balotelli, but yesterday in his pre-Newcastle United match press conference refused to be drawn in to suggestions that Balotelli was being targets by rival players knowing that he has a bit of a reputation as a hot head.

One journalist tried to get Rodgers reaction, to a clash between Balotelli and Swansea’s Jonjo Shelvey during Liverpool’s 2-1 win in the Capital One Cup, but the Northern Irishman refused to answer the question saying: ‘Not Mario Balotelli, Vinny!’

Despite further tries to get a reaction from the Liverpool boss Rodgers told him: ‘Think of a better question!’