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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

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
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