Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has named Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski as the best player he has ever coached.
Klopp worked with Lewandowski at Borussia Dortmund before the Polish international moved to their Bundesliga rivals in 2014.
Dortmund originally signed the forward from Lech Poznan in 2010. Since arriving in Germany, he has developed into one of the best strikers in world football.
He scored 20 or more league goals in each of his final three seasons under Klopp.
In an interview with Sport Bild (via Metro), Klopp reserved high praise for the Polish striker and called him the best player he has worked with.
He said: “It actually won’t be fair to say that about any other player except Lewy.
“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.
“Lewandowski made every step he had to make to become the goal machine he is today.
“He knows exactly what to do in every situation. He’s an absolute machine.
“I would like to thank him and all the other players who made it look like as if I’m a very good coach.”
Lewandowski going from strength-to-strength
Since joining Bayern, Lewandowski’s game has reached even further heights.
He scored 34 goals in 31 Bundesliga appearances last season, on his way to winning the FIFA Men’s Player of the Year award.
With 24 games played this season, his 32 strikes have already almost overhauled his previous campaign’s tally.
He has also five goals in six Champions League appearances.
The Polish forward’s 15 strikes in the competition last season helped Bayern towards their first European trophy in seven years.
On that occasion in 2013, Lewandowski was part of the Dortmund side managed by Klopp that finished as Champions League runners-up.
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