By Dominic Toner

Mario Balotelli missed a penalty for Nice on Friday – and Liverpool fans reacted hilariously on Twitter.

The Italian striker left Anfield in the summer and ended his disappointing stay with the club.

Balotelli, 26, failed to make an impact while with the Reds and was sent out on loan to AC Milan last season.

The fiery character is more remembered for his off-field antics as he failed to cement his position in the team.

He moved to French side Nice in the summer and has managed to find some top form again, helping them to become the unlikely league leaders.

Nice beat Lyon 2-0 on Friday and improved their position at the top of the table, but Balotelli failed to convert a penalty that he won.

Balotelli tried to place the ball into the bottom corner, but goalkeeper Anthony Lopes dived to his right and palmed the ball to safety.

Liverpool fans could not resist on Twitter commenting on Balotelli after he missed the penalty.

Here are a selection of the messages:

Balotelli made 28 appearances during his Liverpool stay and only managed to score four goals.

He has made six appearances for Nice since his arrival and already bettered his Liverpool record with six goals.

The former Manchester City striker has been inconsistent since breaking through as a youngster on the European stage, but will now hope to settle in France.

In other Liverpool news, their fans have reacted on Twitter after the club have reportedly made a breakthrough in striker talks.