When Robert Lewandowski won the European Golden Shoe yesterday, his former coach Jurgen Klopp called in to congratulate him on his achievement. Lewy has faced-off against his mentor many times throughout the years, but the Liverpool boss is looking for another reunion — this time vs Bayern Munich in the Champions League final.
“Hello Lewy, congratulations on the Golden Boot,” said Klopp (via The Liverpool Echo). “When I heard that you had won the Golden Boot, I thought: ‘How? Only now?’ You can see how long it takes to get to the very top. But you’ve been at the top for a long time and you deserve this award.”
Klopp was one of those responsible for bringing Lewandowski to that very top, molding him from a fresh-faced Ekstraklasa striker into someone who would one day shift four past Real Madrid in a UCL knockout. While both have now left Borussia Dortmund, the connection still exists.
“I’ve said it a couple of times now, I’ll say it one last time: I’m proud of you too,” said Klopp. “All the best and see you hopefully soon in the Champions League final.”
Klopp last faced Bayern Munich in a Champions League knockout back in 2019, where the Reds eventually emerged as 3-1 winners. They would go on to win the whole thing that year. Before that, the Liverpool boss had faced Bayern in the 2013 Champions League final, which his Dortmund side lost 2-1 at Wembley. A third meeting between these two has not yet been possible, but there’s probably a score to settle.
Liverpool and Bayern Munich look like two of the strongest teams in Europe right now. Will the fabled meeting finally happen this season?