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Lewandowski: ‘You’d run through fire for Jurgen Klopp’

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Robert Lewandowski has highlighted Jurgen Klopp’s role in helping him become a world-class striker.

Robert Lewandowski rose to prominence under Jurgen Klopp during his time at Borussia Dortmund before moving across town to join Bayern Munich.

The Pole arrived in Germany in 2010 after having his breakthrough season with Lech Poznan. But it was not until a few later until his name struck fear among the European defenders.

Robert Lewandowski recently remarked that Jurgen Klopp played a prominent role in shaping him as a player and person. The Bayern number-9 also said that the 52-year old allowed the right blend of all the required qualities.

“I joined Dortmund as a young player and initially it wasn’t easy,” Lewandowski said on Bundesliga’s official website.

“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,” the Poland international added.

“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.”