Under-fire Liverpool star HAS FUTURE at Anfield, says ex-Red

Ian Rush is sure that Mario Balotelli has a future at Liverpool, despite the intense criticism he has been subjected to for his half-time shirt swap incident against Real Madrid.

The Italian exchanged jerseys with Los Blancos star Pepe as the teams left the pitch after 45 minutes with the Reds 3-0 down.

Balotelli did not emerge for the second half as Brendan Rodgers swapped him for Adam Lallana.

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Since then the 24-year-old’s future at Anfield has been called into question, despite Liverpool having paid £16m to land him from AC Milan just a matter of months ago.

With one goal to his name on Merseyside so far and his attitude having been the subject of debate, there has been early talk of a potential move as soon as January.

But Rush – who won the European Cup twice during a glittering spell in the red shirt – believes that the striker does have a future at the club:

“The Liverpool fans are very knowledgeable, and you just don’t do that,” he told talkSPORT. “I’m sure Brendan Rodgers will have a word with him behind closed doors.

“He still has a future at Liverpool. The fans are some of the most patient, but he has to realise he’s playing at Liverpool Football Club, not just any other club.

“He’s got to show his commitment to the club by proving it on the pitch.”