Sturridge, Balotelli, and Henderson were involved in a 3-way argument.
The Liverpool trio of Daniel Sturridge, Mario Balotelli, and Jordan Henderson were involved in an ugly on-pitch exchange over who would take the Reds’ late penalty.
Balotelli eventually took the ball from Henderson and stuck it away, but Henderson and Sturridge were not happy.
In his post-match interview, Henderson was diplomatic, saying: “I wanted the penalty, Mario felt confident and he has taken big penalties before. Everyone wants to take them. I felt confident in Mario, he has taken big penalties before and he got the nod.”
Captain Gerrard also weighed in from the comfort of the ITV studio, and it sounds like Mario could be getting a ticking off in the morning from his skipper:
“Credit to Mario, he’s scored, but it’s not nice to see when footballers are arguing. I think Jordan has handled the situation very well. He can see that Mario really wanted to score. Jordan walked away at the right moment and handled his post match interview very well”, said Gerrard.
“Jordan is the captain and Mario showed Jordan a bit of disrespect there, but he’s scored a very important goal. I think six or seven players would have wanted to take that penalty so if they all say they are taking it, what happens then?! Rules are in place for a reason.”
Check out the incident below: