The Italian scored a late spot-kick for the Reds to seal a 1-0 win over Besiktas in the Europa League and give his side a narrow first-leg lead to take to the return tie in Turkey.
However, as always with the forward, the incident wasn’t without controversy as he argued with captain on the night Jordan Henderson over who should take the penalty, earned from a foul on Jordan Ibe by Ramon Motta.
Balotelli had to take that penalty, he's the best at it. No point for anybody else to get involved.— Didi Hamann (@DietmarHamann) February 19, 2015
Steven Gerrard, quoted by the BBC, has stated that Balotelli 'showed disrespect' by taking the penalty against the wishes of the skipper on the evening.
Hamann though, has defended the former Manchester City man, saying he is the best at penalties and there was no point for anybody else to get involved in the decision.
“Balotelli had to take the penalty, he’s the best at it. No point for anybody else to get involved,” tweeted the German.
Balotelli took to Instagram to try and quash the building controversy after the game, but his desire for fans and pundits to focus simply of the result may be naive.
"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," he wrote.
However, the ex-AC Milan man is clearly enjoying something of a renaissance with goals in consecutive home games easing the pressure that built up during a poor start to life at Anfield.