Robert Lewandowski has praised Liverpool manager-elect Jurgen Klopp for his ability to spot and nurture talented young players.
The former Borussia Dortmund manager is expected to be named the successor to Brendan Rodgers' reign at Anfield on Friday morning. A press conference has been called for 11am and a three-year deal has reportedly been agreed.
And Lewandowski, who was plucked from obscurity and transformed into a world-class striker by Klopp, says the 48-year-old has what it takes to revolutionise the Liverpool academy.
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If true, Klopp's arrival on Merseyside could not have come at a better time. Indeed, Liverpool failed to field a single scouser in last weekend's Merseyside derby for the first time in 29 years, with only youngster Jordan Rossiter representing the local lads from the bench.
With a crop of promising youngsters eager for a chance to impress, Klopp appears to be the perfect man to make sure they get their chance.
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“He can spot talent, and he will use talent no matter the age," Lewandowski told the Mirror.
"He doesn’t just look to buy players, but always he has one eye on the academy players, who are good enough for him to use in his plans.
“You take a player like Mario Gotze; he was taken out of the academy as a teenager by Jurgen and given a chance because he saw the talent in him.
“A few years later he is one of the best players in the world, and scoring the winning goal in the World Cup final. That is not the only example, Jurgen likes to promote from the academy and play local players.”
"He doesn’t just look to buy players, but always he has one eye on the academy players, who are good enough for him to use in his plans"
“The thing with Jurgen is that he will always make any player better”
But Klopp is no one-trick pony, according to the Poland international. Yes, Lewandowski believes that so talented is the German coach, he will be able to make every player at Anfield a better footballer, not just youngsters.
“The thing with Jurgen is that he will always make any player better,” he added.
“It doesn’t matter if you are already playing at a high level, he will find something in your game that will make you better. He can and does improve the best players in the world, it has always been something he has been able to do.”
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