The Italy international was unavailable for the encounter at Liberty Stadium as Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson scored a second-half winner against Garry Monk’s side.
While Balotelli didn’t look entirely happy to be missing the clash because of a stomach bug, the Liverpool star managed to show off his trademark humour with an Instagram post ahead of the game.
Balotelli wrote: “ENJOY YOUR TIME TILL I’LL BE BACK. ”
The 24-year-old has scored one goal in 13 Premier League appearances following his move to Liverpool from AC Milan in a £16m deal last summer.
Balotelli has struggled to make a real impact at Merseyside outfit after being out-of-favour under Brendan Rodgers for much of the season.
The Italian could return for Liverpool’s clash against bitter rivals Manchester United at Anfield in Sunday’s early kick-off in the Premier League.
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