Is Balotelli being used as a scapegoat? Pundits & players tweet their views

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Liverpool's Mario Balotelli has been the talk of Twitter after he swapped shirts at half-time last night against Real Madrid.

Mario Balotelli has dominated the headlines since Liverpool's 3-0 loss to Real Madrid last night. Although that hasn't made much of a change...

The performance from the Reds was way short of the quality required in the Champions League but it seems to be Balotelli who has taken the brunt of the criticism for the side. And the Italian striker's decision to swap shirts at half-time with Pepe, which has angered a number of supporters, did him no favours.

The Liverpool Echo's back-page stated that Balotelli should be made to apologise for actions but there is a feeling that it is being focused on rather too much.

Many feel that the bigger concern for Liverpool should be how far off Madrid they were on the pitch, rather than the actions of Balotelli at half-time. 

The Reds have been well off the pace so far this campaign and this was another poor performance, which exposed their problems defensively yet again. 

To that end, here are six high-profile pundits who think that Balotelli is simply being made a scapegoat: 

There are, however, those who disagree with this sympathetic stance and feel that Balotelli deserves all the criticism he is getting. After all, how bad was his performance? Exactly.

There can be no doubting the 24-year-old is off form and his decision to swap shirts is one which he should have known would antagonise things further.

It has left question marks over whether Brendan Rodgers should have parted with £16 million to sign him in the summer and here are four pundits who believe Balotelli was way out of line last night. 

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