Date: 23rd October 2014 at 5:28pm
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Brendan Rodgers has given no indication as to whether Mario Balotelli has a long term future at the club, after the striker was criticised for swapping shirts at half time of Liverpool’s 0-3 defeat to Real Madrid.

The 24-year-old has scored one goal in 10 matches since his summer move from AC Milan, and was withdrawn at half time following the incident.

And Rodgers accepts the striker will have to deal with any criticism that comes his way, whilst also refusing to reveal whether the forward has a long term future at the club.

“Any action (against Balotelli) will be kept between ourselves. We just had a conversation about the culture in this country and club,” Rodgers said.

“It’s maybe you’re not scoring¬†or the team not doing well, whether criticism is deserved or not you have to accept it. No one likes it, but you have to accept it.

“The boy is trying very hard. We will see in the longer term how that works out for him.

“He’s working really hard on the training field to be at his best for the team.

“As long as he’s doing his best that’s all I can ask.”