The agent of Borussia Dortmund star Henrikh Mkhitaryan has taken a subtle dig at Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, suggesting that the revered manager played the Armenian international out of position last season.
As reported by ESPN, Mino Raiola, who looks after the in-form Dortmund ace, has insisted that Mkhitaryan never had a mental problem despite Klopp previously suggesting that the player was struggling to handle the pressure.
Last term, as Mkhitaryan and Dortmund failed to fulfil their potential under the guidance of Klopp, the dynamic midfielder often played out on the right wing.
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However, with Thomas Tuchel now in the dugout at Signal Iduna Park, the 26-year-old has been in inspired form, playing in the middle or on the left-hand side.
In fact, while taking a subtle dig at the former Dortmund boss, the player's agent believes his client is now one of the best players in Europe.
Raiola told Bild: "Micki never had a mental problem. Micki just plays in his position now. That's it.
"He's one of the best players in Europe in it. You just have to play players where they are best. When you play [Lionel] Messi at right-back, he also wouldn't be that good."
Dortmund and Mkhitaryan is now very much in the past for Klopp, however. Indeed, the Reds chief will be determined to create the right balance in his pursuit of long-term success on Merseyside.
In Germany, the enigmatic manager had a number of technically gifted players at his disposal, but he has some classy players to choose from at Liverpool.
With the likes of Adam Lallana, Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Co. roaming around the Anfield turf, Klopp should get it right sooner rather than later.
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