By Alex Taylor
Super agent Mino Raiola has taken a swipe at Jurgen Klopp over his perceived handling of Mario Balotelli’s departure from Liverpool.
Balotelli, 26, left Anfield for Nice this summer after being frozen out by Klopp at Liverpool.
The maverick centre-forward endured a turbulent two years in Merseyside and spent last season on loan with Italian giants AC Milan.
“In the end, the higher-ups at Liverpool admitted that Klopp was wrong (to send Balotelli to train with the reserves),” Raiola told Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, quoted by The Livepool Echo.
“I’m not trying to judge him as a coach – although, for me, he’s not a good coach – but he didn’t understand that Balotelli is, whatever else, a person.
“Mario has been exemplary. He never complained about training alone. To say that it was wrong of Klopp would be an understatement. He was a piece of s*** about it.”
Riola represents a number of high-profile football players around the world including Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku.
Liverpool has seen several personnel changes to their front line in recent weeks as Christian Benteke was also moved on.
He joined Crystal Palace for £32million in August after Sadio Mane arrived from Southampton.
In other Liverpool transfer news, Klopp was furious with his scouting team after Oliver Burke’s shock £15million transfer to Red Bull Leipzig.