Jurgen Klopp has claimed the player who improved the most under his guidance is none other than Robert Lewandowski, arguably the world’s best no.9 right now.
The boss was speaking to Soccer Laduma’s football conference in South Africa, where he’s spending the week while the majority of his squad are on international duty.
While claiming Mario Gotze is the most talented he’s ever had, he says the increase in level of Poland striker Lewandowski was just as impressive.
Klopp bought Lewandowski from Lech Poznan in 2010, but the forward only notched eight Bundesliga goals in his debut season…
From that point on though, he’s been nothing short of jaw-dropping, scoring 30, 36, 28, 26, 42 and 43 goals in the following six seasons at Dortmund and then Bayern! This term, he’s already on 15…
As improvements go – that’s not bad!
At Liverpool, we have a number of players who’ve come on leaps and bounds under Klopp’s stewardship, however.
Sadio Mane is a much superior player than he was at Southampton, while Coutinho’s gone from talented prospect to world-class playmaker.
But Alberto Moreno has perhaps made the biggest steps. In the summer, the Spaniard was for sale and considered one of our worst ever fullbacks, but his performances in pre-season convinced Klopp to give him one final chance and he’s taken it with both hands – earning a recall to the Spain squad after three years in the wilderness.