Bayern Munich star Lewandowski describes Liverpool boss Klopp as 'bad teacher'

Ruben Hill
January 13, 2021

Lewandowski has enjoyed enormous success since joining Bayern in 2014, though he already looked destined for greatness during his time at Borussia Dortmund, where Klopp had begun to mould him into the lethal forward he is now.

The Pole was signed by Klopp in 2010 whilst he was in charge of Borussia Dortmund.

Lewandowski told The Players' Tribune of how his remarkable skill set was honed: "When I arrived [at Dortmund] I could barely speak a word of German".


"I was desperate to make my mark, and Jurgen wanted to challenge me."


"When I received the trophy, I couldn't believe it, I know people believe this is a cliché, but my life really began to flash in front of my eyes", Lewandowski added. Jurgen showed me to calm down - to take two touches if necessary. Just tell me what you expect from me'.

"I can't remember everything he told me - my German still wasn't the best - but through the few words I knew and from his body language, we understood each other". We had a great chat.

All the latest transfer news and big stories will land straight into your inbox. If I scored 10 goals in a training session, he'd give me 50 euros.

"I could see my first steps with the ball, my first match on a muddy pitch and all the people who had helped me get to this point".

'It was a mental thing, a hang-up of some sort.

"Jürgen was not just a father figure to me".

"The first few weeks, I had to pay up nearly every time". But now I realise that my conversation with Jurgen was like one of those I wish I could've had with my dad [who died when Lewandowski was a teenager]. One of those I had not been able to have in many, many years.

Few players have had a career where they have improved notably with each season they have played, yet Robert Lewandowski is one such individual and the fact he was finally voted the best footballer in the world is a culmination of those years, despite the fact he freely admits that kids from Poland aren't supposed to be the best in the world. Have your say in the comments. I could trust him. He is a family man, and he has so much empathy for what goes on in your private life'.

Yet the striker also revealed that Klopp never forgets the human element to his interactions with players. As a coach, he was like the "tough or bad teacher". And I mean that in the best sense of the word.

"You're forced to raise your standards and you do, so I couldn't have performed the way I have without the help from those close to me". Which teacher do you remember the most?

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