Mario Balotelli got into a bust-up and had to be substituted during a Liverpool friendly against Wolves behind closed doors at the Premier League club’s training ground.
Brendan Rodgers jokingly said the £16million arrival from AC Milan would end up being “trouble” for the Anfield club, but it looks as though the former Manchester City star’s famous bad behaviour has started already.
Tempers rose a tad
According to the Daily Mail, Liverpool were forced to substitute Balotelli in only the 21st minute of the match after he went into a strong 50-50 challenge with Wolves midfielder George Saville.
Kolo Toure, said the report, was seen holding back the 24-year-old as things got a little heated following the challenge, but that no serious altercation took place.
Referee for the match, Chris Hoy, gave Balotelli a stern talking to and the decision was taken to replace the volatile striker.
Balotelli completed his move to Liverpool nearly two weeks ago and made his debut in the impressive 3-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane last Sunday. He looked sharp early in the match, but it was clear to see he was not fully up to speed as the game went on.
The friendly was put together to try and help some stars recovering from injury get back to full fitness during the international break. Adam Lallana scored the only goal of the game to ensure victory for a Liverpool side containing the likes of Jose Enrique and Lucas Leiva.
Some rumours on Twitter had suggested that Balotelli may have kicked Saville in the head, but both club have made it known that this was not the case.