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Mino Raiola: 'Mario Balotelli asked to do things never requested before'

The agent of Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli suggests that he is now being asked to do things never requested of him before, which could help his development as a player.

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been asked to do things at the club never requested of him before, according to his agent Mino Raiola.

The Italy international has found it tough going since joining the Anfield club, with some observers questioning the work-rate of the former Inter Milan and Manchester City forward.

"Right now, I think Mario has a very interesting development for his career," said Raiola, according to the Daily Mail.

"He has found a coach who asks of him things that had never been requested of him until now, including the discipline of running without the ball.

"This allows him to grow as a person and as a football player. He'll come out even stronger."

Liverpool currently hold fifth place in the Premier League standings.

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