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Video: Gerrard argues with Reid over Liverpool penalty

Steven Gerrard and Peter Reid disagreed over the incident which saw Mario Balotelli snatch the ball from stand-in Reds skipper Jordan Henderson to take a late penalty for Liverpool against Besiktas last night.

Working as a pundit for ITV, Liverpool captain Gerrard - who is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury - accused Balotelli of "disrespecting" Henderson by demanding to take the spot kick.

Former Everton midfielder Reid defended Balotelli by claiming it was just "confidence, give us it, little bit of a ruck."

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Rodgers: Balotelli to stay and fight for Liverpool place

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says Mario Balotelli will struggle to get into his side at the moment, but confirms the Italian striker will stay with the club.

Balotelli is yet to score in the league since joining from Milan in the summer, and has been left out of the matchday squad recently, but doesn't look set to leave in the January transfer window.

Mario Balotelli is a complex character. Credit: PA

"It's been a difficult period for Mario but he wants to fight for an opportunity here."

After Saturday's draw with Bolton, Rodgers confirmed that Balotelli has been absent as his style was not suited to Liverpool's tactics.

“We spent about an hour or so chatting. He understands where it is at. He knows what is required to get in the squad - the pressing and aggression - and if you can’t do that you are not going to be part of the team. We suffered in the first four months of the season and we can’t go back to that."

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Mancini: Balotelli 'wasting everything' at Liverpool

Balotelli and Mancini had a love-hate relationship. Credit: PA

Former Man City manager Roberto Mancini believes Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli is "wasting" his professional career.

The pair worked together during Mancini's first spell at Inter and again at Man City, before Mancini was dismissed and Balotelli moved to AC Milan.

The Italian striker failed to live up to Milan's expctations and was offloaded to Liverpool last summer, where things have gone from bad to worse both on and off the field.

Speaking to Corriere della Sera Mancini, currently enjoying a second spell in charge of Inter, said:

I have not heard from Mario since we worked together at Manchester City. He was still a kid when we were together at Inter. He would do anything I asked him and he also behaved well at City.

It has all gone downward a bit since he left City. I thought he would do well at Milan, but it didn’t happen.

Mario is at risk of following the same path as Adriano. I hope that he wakes up one morning and realises that he is wasting everything.

– Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini

Juventus deny interest in Liverpool striker

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has denied media reports linking Liverpool's misfiring striker Mario Balotelli with a move to the Turin giants in the winter transfer market.

The Italy international has scored just two goals since joining Liverpool from AC Milan in a #16million transfer in August and has yet to find the back of the net in the Premier League this season.

Mario Balotelli has struggled at Liverpool. Credit: PA

Allegri, who coached Balotelli at Milan before taking the helm of Juve in July, told Italian TV station RAI: "I think this is a made up story.

"Balotelli has done very well with me but he belongs to Liverpool and he is not a player that can arrive at Juventus."

Liverpool striker Balotelli ordered to pay 18 speeding fines

Mario Balotelli could have to pay 10,000 euros. Credit: PA

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli could have to pay up to 10,000 euros in speeding fines in the Italian region of Bergamo.

Balotelli racked up 18 offences between 2012 and 2013, including driving at up to 200km per hour in a 130km zone, but has thus far not paid them.

The striker told the court of Bergamo that he had not settled the fines, as he was living in Manchester at the time, so did not receive them.

Mario Balotelli fined and suspended for Instagram post

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been fined £25,000, suspended for a match and ordered to attend an "education programme" by the FA as punishment for an Instagram post that provoked claims of racism and anti-semitism.

Mario Balotelli retweeted the offensive image on his Instagram account before removing it after criticism. Credit: Mario Balotelli/Instagram

Balotelli admitted breaching FA rules after apologising for re-posting an image from the computer game 'Super Mario' on his Instagram page which included the comment "jumps like a black man and grabs coins like a Jew".

The Football Association confirmed the punishment, announcing:

Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today, Mario Balotelli has been fined £25,000, suspended for one-match with immediate effect, subject to any appeal, and warned as to his future conduct after he admitted breaching FA Rules in relation to social media.

The charge was that an image the Liverpool player posted on social media was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper, contrary to FA Rule E3(1).

Furthermore, the posting was considered to be an “Aggravated Breach” as defined in FA Rule E3(2) in that it included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race and/or nationality and/or religion or belief.

Mr Balotelli has also been ordered to attend an education programme.

– Football Association
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