CARLO Ancelotti (inset) has defended Mario Balotelli and heaped pressure on Brendan Rodgers in advance of a crunch Champions League fixture for Liverpool at the Bernabeu tonight.
The Real Madrid boss reckons that Balotelli has been getting all the blame for Liverpool's woes but that Rodgers' management post-Suarez is the real problem.
"Balotelli is spoken of a lot, maybe too much,' said Ancelotti. "He has quality and is at a side where they are not playing well.
"They have lost Suarez who scored a lot and they need another solution. But I don't think all of Liverpool's problems are about Balotelli.
"He needs to do his work for the side, that's all that can be asked of him. The coach needs to find the right system with the new players."
Rodgers has asked for time for his new players, Balotelli included, to settle perhaps realising that sentiment is now running against him on Merseyside. A Twitter campaign calling for his removal has been launched.
"It will take time. We all know that time is very hard to come by. At this moment in time, we're not at the level we want to be at.
"We have to forget whining and moaning, and make the most of the situation we have. I have the responsibility to get the intensity back in our game."