Jurgen Klopp sends special message to Robert Lewandowski as Liverpool manager eyes reunion
Jurgen Klopp is eyeing a Champions League reunion with Robert Lewandowski after his former striker was conferred the European Golden Shoe.
Lewandowski was honored as the continent’s top scorer on Tuesday, after the Bayern Munich star’s unbelievable 2020/21 campaign.
In total, the Pole scored 41 times for the Bundesliga champions and he’s shown no sign of slowing down this season, scoring 11 in his first seven matches of the season.
Klopp worked alongside Lewandowski during the Liverpool manager’s time with Borussia Dortmund, winning a German title and reaching the Champions League final.
And during Tuesday’s ceremony, Klopp had a special message for the prolific Bayern marksman.
Quoted by the ECHO, the Liverpool manager said:
“Hello Lewy, congratulations on the Golden Boot. When I heard that you had won the Golden Boot, I thought: ‘How? Only now?’ You can see how long it takes to get to the very top. But you’ve been at the top for a long time and you deserve this award.
“I’m really happy for you. The way you started this season, I wouldn’t be surprised if you win the Golden boot again.”
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Both Liverpool and Bayern Munich got their European tilts off to winning starts, conquering AC Milan and Barcelona respectively.
Klopp revealed he would rather not come up against his former charge, but if he has to, he wants it to be in next May’s showpiece in Russia.
“As long as we don’t play against each other, you can score as many goals as you want,” he joked.
“I’ve said it a couple of times now, I’ll say it one last time: I’m proud of you too. All the best and see you hopefully soon in the Champions League final.”
The Reds manager previously described Lewandowski as the best player he’s ever managed, despite the wide array of talents in his current Liverpool squad.
When questioned by BILD, he said: “It would actually be unfair to say that about any other player than Lewy.
“What he made out of his potential, how he pushed himself to become the player he is today, that’s extraordinary.”
Now aged 33, Lewandowski still seems at the peak of his powers and the player himself stated that he sees no sign of decline.
“Age, these are just numbers. I feel very good, I have the best stats I’ve ever had,” he explained. “I know that with my body I can play at the top level for years to come. I’m like good wine and I hope to get even better.”
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