Jurgen Klopp has overlooked his Liverpool champions and named Robert Lewandowski as the best player he’s ever coached.
The Poland international played under Klopp at Dortmund after the German spotted the striker’s potential and signed him from Lech Poznan in 2010.
The pair spent four seasons together at Signal Iduna Park and won consecutive Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012.
In 2013 Dortmund reached the Champions League final, but Klopp and Lewandowski were on the losing side as bitter rivals Bayern Munich ran out winners on the night.
Lewandowski eventually left BVB for Bayern in 2014 and his career has gone from strength to strength with the 32-year-old winning the Bundesliga a further six times as well as the Champions League last season.
Klopp left his post at Dortmund the following season after a disappointing campaign in which BVB finished seventh in the league, and took over from Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool.
When asked to name the best player he’s ever coached, Klopp told Bild: “Robert Lewandowski. It actually won’t be fair to say that about any other player except Lewy.
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“What he has made out of his potential, how he pushed himself to become the player he is today, that’s extraordinary.”
He added: “Lewy took every step he needed to take to be that goal machine. Every one.
“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.”