Vine: Gerrard: “Jordan should have taken the penalty. Mario has been a bit mischievous.”
At least he was being honest.
After Liverpool’s Europe League victory over Besiktas last night, everyone should have been talking about what a good result it was.
Instead, all the discussion was about the manner in which it was achieved.
Liverpool, of course, won 1-0 on the night thanks to a 1-0 penalty dispatched by substitute Mario Balotelli, who took the ball off a clearly displeased Jordan Henderson – who was captain on the night – before hitting the net.
Liverpool’s regular captain, Steven Gerrard, was on punditry duty for ITV and while it would have been easy for him to spout clichés about the result being the most important thing, he took Henderson’s side.
Many Liverpool fans questioned the wisdom of him doing so, not only because of the impact it might have on the dressing room, but because Balotelli’s record of 27 converted penalties from 29 efforts speaks for itself.
We don’t know what Jordan Henderson’s record is but we know it’s not that good.
Balotelli, for his part, was keen to move on from the debate immediately after the game and had this to say on Instagram.
Why always you, Mario, eh?