Sorry Brendan, there's no-one to blame for this one other than yourself. Mario Balotelli is a troublesome dud. Were you the only guy that didn't know that? If you did - why on earth did you sign him? If you didn't, couldn't you have made a few calls to find out? Or, and here's the rub, did you really believe that you could succeed where the likes of Prandelli, Mancini and Mourinho, who called him 'unmanageable' all failed?
I just don't get it. People talk to me about his 'talent'. Of course he has talent, he's an international footballer for goodness sake, but what 'talent' is it that makes him allegedly so special? I've never seen it.
Rodgers committed the cardinal sin of believing his own publicity. Why did he believe he'd succeed where so many had failed? Again, I repeat what Graham Taylor has previously said 'they don't change'. The best modern day example I can think of is Stan Collymore. What a genuine talent he was. He could've have been right up there with the very best, but his troublesome ways got nearly every manager that signed him the sack.
Rodgers assured us Ballotelli would 'fit in'. He'd take to the 'Liverpool way'. He hasn't. He won't. And no amount of time will change that. I hear whispers that Rodgers is now asking anybody he bumps into 'did I do the right thing?' Next he'll be doing a Fergie and saying 'not me guv. If wasn't my idea'. His confidence had plainly taken a jolt.
This season was going to be difficult enough anyway They were a delight to watch like season and like so any more I believed they deserved to win it. I would have loved to have seen them win it. I worked for four years on Merseyside when, as Graeme Souness would say, they 'were winning everything'! I made many good friends, got married to a 'red' and grew a deep affection for all three clubs on Merseyside (Tranmere!) so it was only natural I'd want to see them win it after such a long time without the title
I felt the same way when Kenny Dalglish won it at Blackburn. When United ended 26 years of misery. When Mancini and Platt won it. Wenger and Mourinho deserved their successes. You want your mates to do well.
But back to Liverpool. I'm afraid the rest of Rodgers' time this season is going to be taken up answering questions about Ballotelli. To a degree it often was with Suarez, but boy did he deliver? So it didn't matter.
It's too late to cut and run. Who'll take him? Rodgers can only hope some other mis-guided ego might try. To finish - a little line I noticed in the Telegraph today. Why did Atletico Madrid end up with only £14m of Diego Costa's £39m transfer fee?
The annual transfer review by Prime Time Sports, the Spanish equivalent of Deloitte's Annual Review of Football Finance - whose authors we are told have impeccable contacts at the top of the Spanish game - recorded that Atletico netted only 45% of Costa's transfer fee, with the rest going to 'investors'. Why? Answers please if you can enlighten us.