London: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insisted Friday no player would be allowed to disturb the "fantastic environment" at Anfield as the Reds appeared to close in on signing controversial striker Mario Balotelli.
Reports in several British newspapers said the 24-year-old Italy international would have to agree to Liverpool's code of conduct if his proposed £16 million ($27 million, 20 million euros) transfer from AC Milan is to be completed, with the clubs having already agreed the fee. (Liverpool's code of conduct awaits Balotelli?)
Rodgers, speaking at a scheduled press conference ahead of Monday's trip to Manchester City -- the team that just beat Liverpool to the Premier League title last season -- was coy when asked about the supposedly imminent arrival of Balotelli. (England braced for Balotelli's return)