Mario Balotelli speaks about Paul Pogba

France's Paul Pogba

The Liverpool striker says the ex-Manchester United man was always rated by their agent.

France's Paul Pogba in action with Republic of Ireland's James McCarthy

Quoted by Squawka, Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has revealed that he expected big things from Paul Pogba because of what his agent said about him.

Balotelli and the former Manchester United midfielder - now with Juventus - share the same representative in Mino Raiola.

The France international has indeed developed into one of the world's most exciting young players and the 23-year-old will only get better in time.

France's Paul Pogba

His career took off when he joined Juventus in 2012 after leaving Manchester United on a free transfer, the Frenchman electing against staying at Old Trafford due to a lack of first-team chances.

Had Sir Alex Ferguson known for sure what kind of player Pogba would become, the Scot might have played him instead of Rafael in midfield for a 3-2 defeat by Blackburn Rovers in 2011 - a decision which a hungry Pogba said disgusted him, via The Mail.

But one man who seems to have always been certain of his client's promise was Raiola, whom said Pogba was "unbelievable" when he was with the Premier League giants, according to the Liverpool man.

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“He’s one of Mino’s players, so we have the same agent and we met and we keep a good relationship like friends,"he said via Squawka.

“I knew he was good because my agent always told me ‘I have a player at United who is unbelievable’.

“Then I saw him and I told him that he was very good and could come one of the best.”

France's Dimitri Payet and Paul Pogba

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