Raiola continues feud with ‘bad trainer’ Klopp

Date published: Tuesday 6th September 2016 9:34

Mino Raiola has hit out once more at Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, but does not expect their feud to impinge on future transfers.

Raiola and Klopp’s relationship turned sour earlier this summer over the latter’s perceived treatment of Mario Balotelli, for whom the former acts as an agent.

The Liverpool boss was branded a “piece of sh*t” by Raiola after Balotelli secured a free-transfer exit from Anfield.

The Italian-born Dutch agent has once more discussed the feud with talkSPORT.

“At the end of the day, he was a player of Liverpool and you need to treat him with respect,” Raiola said. “And he [Klopp] didn’t do that.

“Mario asked several times to have a friendly match. You can train all you want but, at the end of the day, you need 90 minutes, you need a friendly. He never considered him for 60 days.

“I’m not judging him as a trainer – I don’t like him as a trainer at all – but you have to let him play.”

Raiola does not expect their poor relationship to impact on future Liverpool transfers, however.

“I don’t need to go to Klopp to do business,” he added. “If Klopp wants a player that I represent and he wants to talk to me, good. If he doesn’t want to talk to me then I can say to my player: ‘he doesn’t want to talk to me, you can choose another agent or go with a lawyer.’

“I will never be standing in the middle of the interest of my player but it doesn’t mean I have to shut up when I see things are not being done in a good way.

“I have no problem to talk to Liverpool tomorrow and offer them one of my players. If I have to be afraid of speaking my mind because I lose a deal, then I lose my powers. I’d rather go walking through life than living on my knees.”

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