Liverpool new manager Jurgen Klopp has categorically stated that he made Polish international Robert Lewandowski the man he is today.
The pair previously worked together at Borussia Dortmund before the striker moved to Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich while Klopp stepped down after a poor campaign last season before replacing Brendan Rodgers at Anfield recently.
Klopp has highlighted his role in Lewandowski’s development and hopes some of Liverpool’s hot prospects can follow the same career path under his tutelage.
“The biggest satisfaction you can get is when you take a player [Lewandowski] from Poland, from a small club and watch him playing today,” Klopp said.
“The difference between that player and the player he is today is unbelievable. I’m not self-confident enough to think I have had the only role in his development, but of course I did play a big part.
“We all know the best players of today. Tomorrow we don’t know, so we can work for this. The will to improve is the most important thing for a Klopp player. Character.
“When I manage a club, each young player should smile because the chance is bigger for them than it ever was. The door is pretty wide open and I don’t care about experience. Experience is an important point, but not the most important.
“Of course if a player is on a top level already and you can hold this for two or three years, then everything is perfect. But the young guns are very interesting. That’s what I enjoy doing.”
Before the international break Lewandowski scored ten goals in three matches for the Bavarians as he firms his status as one of the best strikers in modern area.