I`ll deal with it again says Brendan Rodgers.


Brendan Rodgers has promised to "deal with" Mario Balotelli after the striker exchanged shirts with Real`s Pepe at half-time during their Champions League clash at Anfield.

The Liverpool striker was seen swapping shirts with Pepe as both teams headed down the tunnel during the halftime break, after Carlo Ancelotti's side had taken a 3-0 lead with goals from Cristiano Ronaldo [23rd minute] and Karim Benzema [30th and 41st minute].

The Liverpool boss replaced Balotelli with Adam Lallana at half-time and after being told about the footage by the media, Rodgers said he would definitely deal with it internally like he did with Mamadou Sakho last season.

"That's the first I've heard about it and I wouldn't like it," Brendan Rodgers told Sky Sports.

"It's something that doesn't happen here, it shouldn't happen here.

"We had a case of a player doing that last season, which I dealt with, and if that's the case again then I'll deal with it again."

Mario Balotelli was not expected to start the match but did play the first 45 minutes of the game before he was subbed and Rodgers explained his reason for taken the Italian striker off.

"I felt we needed a bit more intensity and I thought Adam Lallana came on and did very well," Rodgers added.

"We made an excellent start for the first 20 minutes but after they got that first goal, they showed their quality.

"We defended poorly on one or two of the goals but I can't ask for any more - we probably needed to get a goal in that opening period.

"In the second half we were playing for pride, the players kept going, they didn't stop - they were playing against a top-quality team.


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