Liverpool striker responds on Twitter to penalty controversy.
Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has addressed the penalty drama which overshadowed the club's win over Besiktas.
The Italian, on as a second half substitute, bickered with Jordan Henderson over who should take the spot-kick, an argument he won.
Fortunately for him, he calmly dispatched it, but the controversy was only just beginning.
The summer signing from AC Milan used his Twitter page to thank Henderson for giving him the chance to score his second winning goal this month, following the winner against Spurs a week ago.
"Thank you hendo for let me take the penalty.. Stop drama now. We won that's what it count. We are a team and especially we are Liverpool. Come on guys"
It was however too late to avoid fallout from the lead-up to the penalty. Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard was working as a pundit for ITV, currently out injured, and he chose not to take the high road and play down the incident.
Instead he threw Balotelli under the bus, stating, as reported by The Telegraph:
"Jordan should have taken the penalty. Rules are rules. It should have been Henderson. Mario has been a bit mischievous,"
"Credit to Mario, he's scored, but it's not nice to see when footballers are arguing. I think Jordan has handled the situation very well. He can see that Mario really wanted to score. Jordan walked away at the right moment and handled his post-match interview very well.
"Jordan is the captain and Mario showed Jordan a bit of disrespect there, but he's scored a very important goal."
Gerrard did not hold back, being too open with his assessment of Balotelli, and Brendan Rodgers may come to have second thoughts about allowing his captain to work as a pundit on a Liverpool game in the future.
He may be technically correct in what he is saying if Liverpool are a club which take rules in terms of assigned set piece takers seriously, but glossing over it as unimportant may have been the better thing to say publicly.