Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has picked Robert Lewandowski as the greatest player he has coached over the course of his managerial career.
Klopp worked with Lewandowski at Borussia Dortmund for four years, and won back-to-back Bundesliga titles during the Pole's maiden two seasons at the club. Since then, Klopp made the switch to Liverpool, and has gone on to win the Premier League and Champions League titles with the Reds.
The German has worked with a number of world-class players, but one in particular stands out for the 53-year-old. "Robert Lewandowski. It actually won't be fair to say that about any other player except Lewy," Klopp told Bild when asked who the best player he has worked with as a manager is.
"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. Lewandowski made every step he had to make to become the goal machine he is today. He knows exactly what to do in every situation. He’s an absolute machine. I would like to thank him and all the other players who made it look like as if I’m a very good coach."