Mario Balotelli finally cracks a smile after netting Liverpool's winner

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Mario Balotelli may have offered no reaction when netting the winner for Liverpool last night, but he did offer a grin for his fans online. 

The striker scored seven minutes from time as Liverpool beat Tottenham 3-2 at Anfield to boost their Champions League qualification hopes. Yet despite the winner being his first league goal of the season, he offered no celebration in the aftermath of the goal. He then proceeded to walk straight down the tunnel at full-time. 

Balotelli breaks facade

However he took to Instagram soon after and posted himself smiling in his car with the message 'Great game guys!!! This smile is ONLY for those that always believe and support me. Thank you . ❤️ and Forza Liverpool. But now head down and keep working hard. Tonight is past'. 

Liverpool assistant manager Colin Pascoe was also quick to praise Balotelli. He told BBC Sport: "Mario always works hard in training. Recently he has been ill and also had a knock on his foot and couldn't get his boot on but he kept going and deserved his goal.

"He got the winner so I'm sure he's happy. He knew he might have to play a part and he did."

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For Spurs the result was a bitter blow after an impressive comeback against Arsenal on Saturday. The Gunners' 2-1 win against Leicester last night means they jump back into fourth position ahead of their north London rivals, although Manchester United have yet to play.

Spurs vs Liverpool

Twice the Lilywhites pegged back Liverpool thanks to goals from in-form striker Harry Kane and Moussa Dembele and manager Mauricio Pochettino took positives from the way his team played. 

"I think it was a great game," he said. 

"I am disappointed and at the same time proud of the effort of our players because it was great but in football you have to be lucky to get the points and today I think we were unlucky."

Liverpool will now prepare for FA Cup duty this weekend when they travel to Crystal Palace in the Fifth Round whilst Tottenham have an eight-day rest before Fiorentina visit White Hart Lane for the first-leg of their last-32 Europa League clash. 

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