PHOTO: Balotelli attends the boxing, while reportedly leaving Liverpool team-mates furious

Controversy surrounds the Reds striker yet again...

If reporters could stop writing about Mario Balotelli, a lot probably would.

The problem, however, is that controversy seems to follow the Liverpool striker around. Or perhaps it is the other way round.

Most recently, speculation has suggested that the Italian might not feature for the Reds against Crystal Palace.

As the above picture shows, Balotelli was at a high-profile boxing match in Liverpool last night, leading the Daily Mail to speculate that he may not feature at Selhurst Park.

If he doesn't, a report in the Sunday People suggests the 24-year-old's Liverpool team-mates may be rather pleased.

Indeed, according to the report, several members of the Reds' senior squad have been left furious at boss Brendan Rodgers' apparent 'favouritism' towards the Italian.

Liverpool players are said to be concerned that Rodgers is simply trying to 'prove a point' by continuing to play him despite his poor form.

Whispers have suggested that Rickie Lambert may start ahead of Balotelli and former defender Jamie Carragher seems to have hinted at it on Twitter, as well...

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