Liverpool should have been celebrating a hard-fought Europa League win over Beskitas, but instead they were dealing with the aftermath of an embarrassing mid-game spat between Mario Balotelli, Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson.
Balotelli appeared to undermine Henderson, his captain on the night and reportedly the designated penalty taker, by taking the ball from his hands after Jordan Ibe had been felled in the area.
Sturridge was also seen to lay into the Wearside native, going on to take little part in the celebrations after the Italian had stroked home the resulting spot kick.
The embarrassing tableau was enough for the bwin layers to dramatically lengthen Henderson in the next permanent Liverpool captain betting.
Having been 1/10 before ‘Penaltygate’, the current vice-captain is now available at 4/5, with his questionable authority over his teammates writ large at Anfield.
However, Martin Sktrel remains next shortest in the betting at 3/1 ahead of 6/1 Mamadou Sakho, suggesting a clear alternative doesn’t yet exist.
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While there may not be a clear alternative to Henderson when it comes to taking over from Gerrard, the same cannot be said when it comes to who will take Liverpool’s next penalty.
The current captain is the 2/1 favourite, with 3/1 Balotelli and 5/1 Henderson both shorter than sulky striker Sturridge who rates a 5/1 bet.
Next up Liverpool will travel with hope in their hearts to Southampton for a Sunday afternoon humdinger that could see them make significant steps towards the top-four.
Brendan Rodgers’ men are 33/20 underdogs for victory despite having won seven of their last nine games on the road.
Their hosts, meanwhile, have won just two of the previous nine outings at St Mary’s.