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Liverpool's Balotelli has manager seeing red

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has challenged Mario Balotelli to prove he has a long term future at the club.

The striker's been reprimanded after swapping shirts with a Real Madrid player at half time in last night's Champions League match at Anfield.

His actions didn't go down well with the manager or supporters as Mike Hall reports

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A dressing down for Balotelli over shirt swap

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli will be reprimanded by his manager after swapping shirts with a Real Madrid player at the end of the first half of last night's Champions League match at Anfield.

Brendan Rodgers was not impressed with the Italian's actions but the Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti did not see the problem.

Henderson says Liverpool must improve

Jordan Henderson admits Liverpool must improve to compete with Europe's best Credit: PA

Liverpool vice-captain Jordan Henderson admits the lesson they were taught by Real Madrid shows just how much they have to improve to compete with Europe's elite.

A 3-0 defeat - with all the goals coming in an 18-minute first-half spell after the visitors had weathered the early storm - hardly told the full story.

The defending champions, with one eye on Saturday's El Clasico at home to Barcelona, took their foot off the gas after the break which did Liverpool a favour but still could have added to their tally.

Despite the defeat Liverpool remain third in Group B as Ludogorets' win over Basel means all the three teams who have lost to Real so far are level on three points.

This Real Madrid team is top class with the best players in the world but that's who you want to be playing against and testing yourself, always trying to improve ourselves as a team

That's where we want to get to - to be a top team like Madrid playing at the highest level and I think we can do that.

– Jordan Henderson, Liverpool footballer

Excitement builds as Madrid fans arrive in Liverpool

Real Madrid fans arrive at John Lennon Airport. Credit: PA

Real Madrid fans have started to arrive at Liverpool's John Lennon Airport ahead of their Champions League clash tonight at Anfield.

Fans arrive at Liverpool John Lennon Airport with banners and songs Credit: PA

The Spanish side are firm favourites with the bookmakers but Liverpool, who have never lost to Real Madrid in a competitive match, will hope to looking upset the odds at home.

Real Madrid are firm favourites even though history is not on their side at Anfield. Credit: PA

More fan controversy in Moscow after City draw

Vincent Kompany says it is unacceptable that CSKA Moscow seemed to have fans in the ground. Credit: Pa

In a frustrating night for City in the Russian capital they surrendered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2.

Captain Vincent Kompany claims it is "unacceptable" Manchester City had no fans at their Champions League tie at CSKA Moscow while the home side apparently did.

CSKA appeared to have around 200-300 fans backing them at a game that was officially played behind closed doors at the Khimki Arena.

European governing body UEFA ordered the stadium to be closed as punishment for persistent offences by CSKA fans, who have been found guilty of racist behaviour three times in the past year.

Despite that, 650 people were still permitted to attend and the CSKA supporters who vocally backed their team were thought to have come from within an allocation of 300 tickets set aside for sponsors.

You say 'no fans' then all of a sudden you turn up and basically the only team that hasn't got fans is Man City. So who's getting punished? Who is being done for racism? Man City or Moscow?

I don't have a problem, they'll say it's sponsors and so on and they need to give certain allocations, but why are we getting punished?

– Vincent Kompany, Manchester City Player
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