Mario Balotelli thanks Liverpool fans after Manchester United incident

The Liverpool forward has thanked the Liverpool fans for stopping him getting sent off in Sunday's game.

Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli has thanked the club’s fans on Facebook after an incident during Sunday’s game with Manchester United.

The Reds were beaten 2-1 at Anfield courtesy of goals from Juan Mata, a defeat that leaves Brendan Rodgers's side trailing United by five points in the race for Champions League qualification.

Balotelli came on as a second-half substitute during the game, but he was unable to make an impact to try and help his side rescue a very unlikely point after Daniel Sturridge’s goal.

However, the most memorable incident for him in particular came during a challenge with United defender Chris Smalling, who had forced him into the advertising hoardings with the challenge.

It then appeared an altercation between the two players would occur, but the nearby Liverpool supporters held back the Italian, who was on a yellow card at the time, likely saving him from a red card. Now, he has shown his appreciation to those fans on Facebook.

"Besides all efforts the game didn’t go our way. But one thing was real clear: I wasn’t alone on the pitch. YNWA,” he wrote, accompanied with a picture of the incident.

The message of thanks will go down well with the Anfield faithful, who have been forced to stick by the Italian despite his unimpressive first season at the club, and will hope he can repay that support in future.

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