Jurgen Klopp reveals Robert Lewandowski is the BEST player he’s ever coached, as Liverpool boss hails his ‘exceptional’ former Borussia Dortmund striker as ‘an absolute machine’
- Jurgen Klopp signed Robert Lewandowski at Borussia Dortmund back in 2010
- The Liverpool boss says he is ‘extraordinary’ and refers to him as a ‘machine’
- Klopp says the football work would be crazy with more players like Lewandowski
- Klopp has since worked with Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has named Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski as the best player he has ever managed.
Lewandowski signed for Klopp’s former club, Borussia Dortmund, in 2010 and went on to win two Bundesliga titles and reach the Champions League final under his tutelage.
Klopp’s managerial career has since seen him work with some outstanding talents, including Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah at Liverpool. However, the German boss insists Lewandowski is an ‘extraordinary’ player.
Jurgen Klopp has named Robert Lewandowski (above) as the best player he has ever managed
Liverpool boss Klopp signed Robert Lewandowski at Borussia Dortmund back in 2010
Lewandowski parted ways with Dortmund in 2014, joining German champions Bayern Munich.
The Poland international has since developed into one of the world’s best strikers with 284 goals in 323 appearances for Bayern.
When asked who was the best player he had worked with as a manager, Klopp told Sport Bild: ‘Robert Lewandowski. It actually won’t be fair to say that about any other player except Lewy.
Klopp says Lewandowski is ‘extraordinary’ and refers to him as an ‘absolute machine’
‘What he has made out of his potential, how he pushed himself to become the player he is today, that’s extraordinary.
‘If every player has a development similar to Lewandowski, when I first saw him at Lech Poznan, then the football world would be completely crazy.
‘All players would win all their duels, the full backs would complete all their crosses, the midfielders would be strong in one against ones, the wingers would tackle and play precise long balls.’
Not only does Klopp believe Lewandowski has an ‘extraordinary’ talent, he credits the striker’s impeccable work-rate.
The Liverpool manager added: ‘Lewy took every step he needed to take to be that goal machine. Every one.
Klopp has worked with Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah but insists Lewandowski is the best
‘He has immersed himself in the game, he just knows in every situation what he has to do, where he has to go. Lewy is an absolute machine.’
Lewandowski picked up Bundesliga crowns and the 2011-12 DFB Pokal during his time at the club.
He also scored a total of 103 goals in 178 appearances for the Rhinelanders before he left for the German champions.
Klopp departed Dortmund the very next summer, having endured a disappointing season that saw the club finish seventh in the Bundesliga table.