Mario Balotelli tells his critics to shut up

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Mario Balotelli has often come under heavy fire for some of his performances for Liverpool this season and he decided to answer his detractors in typical fashion via his Instagram account.

The video appears to show the Italian telling his critics to "shut up", asking "do you know me? Did you ever talk to me, personally? Do you know what I've been through in my life?"

This very Balotelli-esque rant comes in the wake of constant criticism regarding the Italian's apparent lack of motivation when playing in a Liverpool shirt this season. But for the Reds striker, no-one has a right to judge him.

And as a further warning to future criticism aimed towards him, he has captioned the video with the hashtag "idowhatiwant". You've been warned... 

A muted start to Liverpool career 

The forward has not enjoyed a prolific start to his Anfield career. He has scored only one Premier League goal since his move from AC Milan in August and has been roundly criticised for his work rate and attitude.

Balotelli, 24, was also slammed by club captain Steven Gerrard in the wake of the striker's decision to take over penalty-taking responsibilities from Jordan Henderson in a Europa League match against Besiktas.

Not the first time 

Those with a (relatively) fresh memory will remember Balotelli's taunting "Why always me?" t-shirt during City's drubbing of United in 2011 so it is not the first time that he has taken a humorous approach to criticism and controversy surrounding his off-field and on-field antics.

All for our amusement of course...

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