Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has named Germany international Mario Gotze as the best player he has ever coached.
Klopp spent seven years in charge of Borussia Dortmund, where he won the Bundesliga twice, lifted the German Cup and reached the Champions League final.
Gotze was given his first-team debut under Klopp in 2009 before starring for Dortmund and going on to score the winning goal for Germany in the 2014 World Cup final.
And, during an interview with Soccer Laduma at a Q&A event in Cape Town, Klopp was asked who he thought was the best player he had worked with.
“Mario Gotze,” Klopp replied. “He was unbelievable. The biggest improvement, though, was [Robert] Lewandowski.
“I keep in contact with a lot of my Dortmund players.
“They were young when I coached them, so I was like a father to them.
“When I left Dortmund, it’s not so important what people think when you come, it’s more important what they think when you leave.”