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Steven Gerrard shows Mario Balotelli how and when to swap shirts

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The Liverpool captain set an example to Mario Balotelli after the Italian was seen swapping shirts with Real Madrid’s Pepe at half time. Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard set an example to Mario Balotelli after the Italian striker was seen swapping shirts with Real Madrid defender Pepe as the Reds trailed 3-0 at half time in the Champions League. The mercurial Balotelli has come under much criticism following his £16 million summer move from AC Milan and did himself no favours by swapping shirts with Pepe as the two teams made their way towards the tunnel at the interval. The 24-year-old has contributed very little to Liverpool’s season in the short time he has been on Merseyside – a non-existent performance against the reigning European champions perhaps the worst performance yet. But he somehow still managed to find a way to anger fans, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers and, more than likely, his team-mates with the ill-timed shirt swap. Gerrard, however, showed just why he is regarded as one of the Liverpool greats – despite a relatively stale performance in the 3-0 drubbing – by setting an example and showing Balotelli when is an acceptable time to engage in the usual post-match formalities. Following the full-time whistle, former Liverpool defender Alvaro Arbeloa hastily made his way towards Gerrard and seemingly pleaded for the captain’s famous No. 8 shirt. The Liverpool skipper obliged, but informed Arbeloa that the trade would happen behind closed doors – pointing towards the tunnel. And just to prove that Gerrard did hand his former team-mate the Reds jersey, a picture of a visibly beaming Arbeloa in the Real Madrid changing room: Steven Gerrard dont want to swap shirts with Alvaro Arbeloa until they get off the field , But they respect each other . Ronaldo scores for madrid. Liverpool - Real Madrid Match Highlights 0-3