The Italian bad boy caused outrage when he trudged off at half-time and made the exchange with Pepe – in full view of everyone at Anfield.The Reds were 3-0 down to Real Madrid at the time.Rodgers hauled Balotelli off and replaced him with Adam Lallana at the start of the second half.
The Kop boss insisted the change was tactical but admitted Balotelli’s actions were out of order.Starsport understands the incident is expected to cost Balotelli around £100,000.
“We had a player doing that last season [Mamadou Sakho] which I dealt with, and if that’s the case again, I’ll deal with it again.
“It is not something I stand for. If you want to do that, you do it at the end of the game. It is something I will deal with.
“The change was tactical. Adam Lallana came on and he was tireless. For us, the minimum you need is to press and work and Adam came on and did that very well.”