Lewandoski hails Klopp as “adopted” father

Lewandoski hails Klopp as "adopted" father

Robert Lewandowski has said that Jurgen Klopp was like a father figure to him while he was playing for Borussia Dortmund while he was in Germany as a youngster.

Polish player Robert Lewandowski had joined Dortmund in 2010 at the age of 21, where he struggled initially. The current Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp had helped him immensely during that period and helped him grow and adjust in the season.

Lewandowski now plays for Bayern Munich, Dortmund’s rival. At the age of 34, he was one of the most well-established strikers in Europe.

‘I joined Dortmund as a young player and initially it wasn’t easy,’ Lewandowski, who joined from Lech Poznan in 2010, told Polish publication Prawda Futbolu.

‘Obviously Jurgen wasn’t my dad, but in different ways he sort of adopted that role. He was one of the main factors behind my development and he opened the door to the big wide world of football for me.

‘He’s got charisma and knows how to create the right atmosphere in a team. On top of that, he’s able to find the right balance between fun and more serious criticism. He’s a coach you’d run through fire for.’

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