“Klopp was not only a father figure, he was also a tough teacher.” Robert Lewandowski, best player in the world in 2020, opened up about the role played for him by the current Liverpool coach at the start of his career. Elected Fifa player of the year in December, the Pole revealed himself under the rule of Jürgen Klopp in Dortmund, between 2010 and 2014. In a contribution for The Players’ Tribune, a platform which allows athletes to express themselves in Lewandowski says, “He was a tough teacher, one who is strict with you. Who put you under pressure and do everything to get the best of yourself. ” Klopp discovered Lewandowski at Lech Poznan, in the Polish league. Four years later, in 2014, the young talent from Poland had already become one of Europe’s top scorers when he left the Ruhr to join Bayern Munich. The following year, Klopp left for Liverpool.
“He wasn’t satisfied to see you stay a student with a B grade, you know?” Jürgen only wanted A + students. And he didn’t want it for himself, he wanted it for you, ”Lewandowski said again. At Bayern, he took another step forward, which made him the incredible scorer in series that he is today (20 goals in 14 matches played this season in the Bundesliga): “The simple fact of playing for Bayern is a real learning experience, because the standards are so high, and the club is so professional, you have to raise your level. “