Liverpool fans react on Twitter to Balotelli performance against Real Madrid - 'Absolutely disgraceful!'

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Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been criticised for swapping shirts with Pepe at half-time during the Reds' 3-0 defeat to Real Madrid.

Liverpool were soundly beaten as they fell victim to a professional Real Madrid performance with goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema (2) enough to see Carlo Ancelotti’s team over the line.

The match saw Mario Balotelli lead the Liverpool attack with Daniel Sturridge still struggling to get back to a state where he’d be fit enough to start a game again in the Reds attack.

While Balotelli worked hard during the opening spell of the match, his head dropped as Liverpool went further behind and he was promptly substituted at half-time, potentially for his decision to swap shirts with Real Madrid defender Pepe.

That’s annoyed plenty connected to the club, described as a lack of professionalism when Liverpool could have still got themselves back into the game as they tried to close down the deficit.

“It is not something I stand for. If you want to do that, do it at the end of the game. It is something I will deal with on Thursday,” said Rodgers after the match.

Former players Jamie Carragher and Jamie Redknapp were also left fuming in the Sky Sports studio, with Carragher suggesting Balotelli won’t be at the club next season and Redknapp questioning why he was bought in the first place.

However, Liverpool weren’t able to get themselves back into the game as the focus switches back to the Premier League and an important match against Hull City this weekend.

Balotelli could find himself on the bench for the match after annoying his manager, which means a potential chance for Rickie Lambert to lead the attack as the Reds look to register an important three points.

Liverpool will be hoping for a much more impressive performance than the one they put together against QPR last weekend, which saw them sneak over the line with a very fortunate 3-2 win.

Here’s what Liverpool fans on Twitter had to say about Balotelli based on last night.

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