Super agent Mino Raiola has been left fuming by Jurgen Klopp's treatment of his client Mario Balotelli at Liverpool and has hit out at the German.

Klopp made clear when Balotelli returned from his season-long loan at AC Milan that there was no place in the first team squad for him and the Italian was asked to find a new club.

However, given Balotelli's poor form in recent years and controversy dogging him, Europe's elite were absent when it came to offering the 26-year-old a new home; he eventually joined French side Nice on transfer deadline day on a free transfer, the Reds writing off the remaining two years of his deal.

Klopp left Balotelli out of Liverpool's pre-season tour, while the striker was also told to train with the reserves.

Raiola says that Liverpool officials acknowledged that the way Klopp treated Balotelli was wrong and the super agent hit out at someone he does not consider to be a good coach.


He told Italian daily Gazzetta dello Sport: "In the end the leaders at Liverpool admitted that Klopp was wrong. I am not trying to judge him as a coach, although in my view he is not a good coach, but he did not understand that Balotelli is, regardless of anything else, a person.

"Mario was exemplary and never complained about training alone.

"To say that was wrong of Klopp [to treat him like that] is an understatement. He was a piece of s**t about it."

Brendan Rodgers signed Balotelli for Liverpool from AC Milan in the summer of 2014, splashing out £16m to capture the former Manchester City man.

Balotelli will not try to relaunch his faltering career in Ligue 1 with Nice, who finished fourth in the French top flight last term.