Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski has revealed how former boss Jurgen Klopp helped him develop into the player he is today.
Lewandowski joined Klopp at Dortmund in 2010 when he moved there from Polish side Lech Poznan, and scored 30 goals in all competitions in a breakout campaign back in 2011-12.
He controversially moved on to BVB’s rivals Bayern in 2014, and is now set to face his former boss once again as the Bavarians face Liverpool in the Champions League last 16.
“He was a coach who also had a very big influence on my career and I can only be thankful to him,” the 30-year-old said.
“What we did together at Dortmund and the progress we made has brought us to where we are.
“I’m delighted I was able to get to know such a coach and such a person as Jurgen because he’s amazing, both as a coach and a person. I learned so much from him and that means a lot.
“I think what I learned from him is the belief I could play at the highest level. He had this influence and it helped me take the next step.
“He made me realise that I had more potential than even I had imagined. He could see something in me that I couldn’t see.
“I know all too well what his body language is and how he can really motivate the team,” Lewandowski continued.
“That’s the next point that I learned from Jurgen: seeing how he impacted on the team, his team talks and also his body language.
“He makes you alert and willing to do more. He lives like one of us, one of the players, and is 100 percent motivated.
“And when you have lots of youngsters in the team like I was at Dortmund, this is something very important.”
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