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Robert Lewandowski Reveals Bet With Jurgen Klopp at Dortmund and Likens Him to 'A Bad Teacher at School'

Jan 12, 2021, 1:05 PM GMT+5:30
Jurgen Klopp, Robert Lewandowski
Robert Lewandowski thrived under former Borussia Dortmund Jurgen Klopp boss in Bundesliga | Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Robert Lewandowski has opened up on his relationship with former Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp, and revealed that the current Liverpool boss was "like the bad teacher" when they worked together.

Klopp brought the striker from Lech Poznan to Dortmund in 2010, and the Bayern Munich hitman considers the German as a "father figure". The pair shared a strong bond during their four seasons together, with Lewandowski scoring 103 goals in 187 games as Klopp steered Dortmund to two Bundesliga titles and the DFB-Pokal Cup.

Lewandowski told the Players' Tribune: "I could talk to Jurgen about anything. I could trust him. He is a family man, and he has so much empathy for what goes on in your private life. When the second season began, I was still struggling. I also felt that Jurgen wanted something from me, but I didn't understand exactly what.

"So after a really bad defeat to Marseille in the Champions League - I think we lost 3–0 - I went to see him. I said, "Jurgen, come on. We have to speak. 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. It was a mental thing, a hang-up of some sort. And I think it had something to do with my father.

"At the time I didn't think about it. 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."

The 32-year-old added that Klopp was like a 'bad teacher', and said: "Jurgen was not only a father figure to me. As a coach, he was like the 'bad' teacher. And I mean that in the best sense of the word.

"Let me explain. Think back to you when you were in school. Which teacher do you remember the most? Not the one who made life easy for you and never expected anything from you. No, no, no. You remember the bad teacher, the one who was strict with you. The one who put pressure on you and did everything to get the best out of you.

"That's the teacher who made you better, right? And Jurgen was like that."