Photo: Substituted Mario Balotelli death stares Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers

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The Italy international was clearly not supportive of his manager’s decision to replace him in the 1-0 defeat to Besiktas.

Liverpool crashed out of the Europa League last night as they were disappointingly beaten on penalties by Besiktas in Turkey.

Ironically, Mario Balotelli’s cool eye from 12 yards could well have made a difference in the eventual shoot-out given his lethal record of scoring from the spot.

However, the Italy international was not on the pitch to put his hand up to take a penalty, as he had been substituted by Brendan Rodgers during normal time.

The former Manchester City forward had started in attack for the Reds alongside Daniel Sturridge, but was replaced on 82 minutes by Adam Lallana.

Although the tempestuous attacker was on a yellow card, some of the travelling support will question whether removing spot-kick specialist Balotelli with the game destined for extra-time was a sensible move.

Balotelli has failed to win over the Anfield crowd since his summer move from AC Milan and his attitude remains an issue for Rodgers to deal with.

As can be seen above, the striker was not overly impressed with Rodgers’ decision to substitute him, glaring at the Northern Irish manager from a distance as he trots off the pitch.

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