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Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp says Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski is the best player he’s ever coached

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Jürgen Klopp touted Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski as “the best” he’s ever coached.

FC Bayern Muenchen v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has coached a multitude of fantastic players over the course of his career, but one player has separated himself from the pack: Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.

In a recent interview with Sport Bild (as captured by the Daily Mail), Klopp was blunt in assessing that Lewandowski was the best player that he’s ever managed.

Bayern Muenchen v Borussia Dortmund - Bundesliga
Jürgen Klopp and Robert Lewandowski forged a bond at Borussia Dortmund.
Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images

“Robert Lewandowski. It actually won’t be fair to say that about any other player except Lewy,” Klopp said. “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. All players would win all their duels, the full backs would complete all their crosses, the midfielders would be strong in one against ones, the wingers would tackle and play precise long balls.”

Klopp went even further and said Lewandowski is ‘“extraordinary” and called him an “absolute machine.”

In the end, Klopp credited Lewandowski for his work ethic and focus on achieving his goals.

“Lewy took every step he needed to take to be that goal machine. Every one,” Klopp stated.

Lewandowski, of course, is well-positioned to challenge both Gerd Müller’s single-season and career records for Bundesliga goals.