Bayern Munich well-known person Robert Lewandowski admits Jurgen Klopp has been “crucial” to his career as the Polish ahead prepares to cast off on his light supervisor’s facet Liverpool in the Champions League.
Klopp brought Lewandowski from Lech Poznan in 2010 and helped him turn out to be no doubt one of Europe’s most feared strikers.
The 30-year-veteran scored 103 targets in 187 games for Dortmund earlier than becoming a member of Bayern Munich on a free transfer in 2014.
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The Poland international has gone on to rating a hundred seventy five targets in 222 games for Bayern, a success one other four Bundesliga titles in the formulation.
Lewandowski says that Klopp allowed him to reach his paunchy doable by exhibiting belief in him when he arrived in Germany.
“I’m repeatedly delighted after I look for Jürgen. Nonetheless we can presumably maintain little time this time,” Lewandowski instructed UEFA.com.
“He’s a coach who has been crucial to my life as a footballer. I should still be grateful to him for where I’m in my life true now. He’s fair appropriate enormous – as a person and as a coach. We have talked so considerable about football and life, and I’ve realized plenty from him.
“Tactically, there are some things. Nonetheless what he has given me above all is the realization that I will be capable to play on the finest stage. He has wakened this thought in me and has repeatedly shown me the following step ahead. I didn’t know that I had such enormous doable.”
Lewandowski admits that he sees similarities between Liverpool and the Dortmund facet he performed for underneath Klopp, and says that the Reds’ defensive device every so often this season is one thing employed by the German at his veteran facet.
He acknowledged: “In Dortmund we now and again performed defensively. We were worship a bulldog. We waited for the opponent and were then moving to cast off the ball. Then it went straight ahead.
“I needed to be taught to play defensively. Assuredly I bought the main ball, then handed on to my colleagues and we tried to rating the goal.
“I have faith Liverpool has reasonably just a few things that Dortmund had on the time. Nonetheless that’s authorized. If you have been working as a coach for years then what your crew needs.
“Nonetheless reasonably just a few time has handed and Jürgen has modified plenty. Alternatively, the form of switching from defensive to offensive is already recognizable.”
Bayern Munich head to Anfield on February 19, and Lewandowski believes he is aware of precisely how Klopp will peek to encourage Liverpool on the evening.
He acknowledged: “I know his motivational speeches and his physique language totally. I know precisely how he motivates the crew.
“That’s one other level I realized from Jürgen. I’ve considered how that would possibly perchance motivate a crew. His physique language can also additionally be considered on the bench. If it does work in the game, that you would be capable to look for it commence air on the sideline.
“There you would also very effectively be wide awake and likewise you would also very effectively be moving to bustle with energy. Already in the dressing room earlier than the game he is 100 p.c moving. Fat energy.”
Lewandowski is aware of all about the Anfield ambiance on European nights, but he believes it would possibly perchance presumably give him the brink when the 2 sides meet.
Asked about taking part in at Anfield, he acknowledged: “I’m if truth be told delighted. For me, that’s a sure ingredient.
“The fans need me no longer to rating, but this affords me considerable extra vitality and extra energy. If you cast off such games in the kill, it be the finest feeling ever.”
He added: “In this Champions League segment you repeatedly maintain the phobia of too considerable threat tiring your thoughts. What occurs in the occasion you produce a mistake? We maintain this skills because we made these mistakes a year or two ago.
“I hope for offensive games, but both maintain appropriate defences, so this would possibly perchance presumably now not be easy to blueprint a appropriate challenge. If Liverpool makes a mistake, we’ll be moving.
“They are very stable defensively. In offense they’ve so many appropriate and fleet avid gamers. The time to interchange from defensive to offensive is terribly rapid, they straight march ahead. That makes them unpleasant. Nonetheless as soon as we’re moving, anything can occur.”