Calls to drop Balotelli from Liverpool squad

Last updated at 09:55
Mario Balotelli before kick off for Liverpool vs Real Madrid at AnfieldAFP/GETTY

Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson says Mario Balotelli should be fined and dropped after he swapped shirts with Pepe at half time in their Champions League match against Real Madrid.

Mark Lawrenson former Liverpool Player and BBC Commentator
Mark Lawrenson former Liverpool Player and BBC Commentator

Traditionally in the UK, many players swap shirts but usually when the game is finished.

Liverpool were trailing 3-0 and Balotelli was then substituted at the break.

Mark Lawrenson says it was "Utter and shear madness and thinks he should be replaced by Rickie Lambert for this weekend's game against Hull City.

Mario Balotelli Plays for Liverpool against Real MadridEPA
Mario Balotelli Plays for Liverpool against Real Madrid

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says he'll "deal" with striker Mario Balotelli today.