The Italian missed an open goal during victory at QPR yesterday.
"It will drop for the boy. The most important thing for me is his work rate.
Rodgers added: " The guy is doing his best and working really hard and it is not dropping for him. I would say he would have finished that if Caulker had not put it in.
"He is seen as the direct replacement for Luis Suarez. And as I said before, Luis is irreplaceable. A real world class talent and that is not what is being asked of Mario."
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