Mario Balotelli attends Cleverley-Bellew fight on eve of Liverpool match

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Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been spotted at the Nathan Cleverley-Tony Bellew fight on the eve of a Premier League clash with Crystal Palace.

The Italian forward picked up an injury whilst on international duty, although it was unconfirmed that he wouldn't feature in the early kick-off at Selhurst Park on Sunday as of yesterday (Friday).

Not in squad?

However, his attendance at the big night of boxing at the Echo Arena in Liverpool means he hasn't travelled to south-east London and, baring a minor miracle, will not take part against the Eagles.

Brendan Rodgers confirmed in his press conference during the week that England striker Rickie Lambert could replace Balotelli for the Reds, and it now seems like a certainty that he will get his chance.

Even if Balotelli is injured, Liverpool fans are unlikely to be happy with the 24-year-old for failing to make the trip down south, particularly given his recent run of poor form on Merseyside.

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Balotelli arrived at Anfield in the summer for a £16million fee, but has failed to score in the Premier League. He has scored goals in both the League Cup and Champions League, however.

His attendance at the boxing has already caused a stir on Twitter, with some defending the striker because of his injured status, although the general reaction appears to be negative. That's no surprise, given that Liverpool currently lie 11th in the Premier League table.

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