Balotelli brings it on himself - Dalglish

Sun, 27 Nov 19:40:23 2011

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish felt Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli had only himself to blame for his red card in the 1-1 draw at Anfield.

The Italy international was dismissed 18 minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute for two bookable offences. The first for pulling back Glen Johnson and the second for catching Martin Skrtel with an arm.

Dalglish said: "I think Balotelli got himself sent off. His actions spoke louder than anybody else's didn't they? Sometimes if you look in the mirror you get the answer.

"Sometimes he doesn't help himself, other times he doesn't get as much leeway as anyone else gets. But if you help yourself you don't get in that situation in the first place."

City had taken the lead through Vincent Kompany's 31st-minute header, but within two minutes Liverpool equalised when Charlie Adam's shot was deflected past Joe Hart by Joleon Lescott.

Dalglish, whose side are now unbeaten in 10 games, added: "I don't think you could have asked for much more in terms of effort and commitment from the players. I think they were fantastic."


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