Liverpool F.C. in Trouble as Brendan Rodgers, Mario Balotelli Under Scanner

Liverpool F.C. lost 3-0 in a Champions League match against Real Madrid. While Mario Balotelli's 'shirt-swap' has raised eyebrows, manager Brendan Rodgers' performance too is being questioned.

updated: October 23, 2014 17:30 IST
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Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo , left, greets Liverpool's Mario Balotelli before the Champions League group B soccer match between Liverpool and Real Madrid at Anfield Stadium.

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Liverpool: Under-pressure Liverpool F.C. taskmaster Brendan Rodgers will tackle troubled striker Mario Balotelli over both a half-time shirt-swap and a pedestrian effort as Real Madrid ran rampant at Anfield on Wednesday.

Rodgers himself is also coming under scrutiny, with Liverpool struggling in the Champions League and sluggish in the Premier League since the sale of star striker Luis Suarez to Barcelona.

At 3-0 down at half-time on Wednesday, Balotelli had shown none of the bite or brilliance that took him to Inter Milan, Manchester City and AC Milan, and Rodgers says he would have been subbed even without the shirt swap with Pepe.

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