Roberto Lewandoski is hoping to impress his mentor Jurgen Klopp when they face Liverpool in Tuesday’s Champions League clash.
Lewandoski is Bayern’s top scorer. He has found the back of the net 25 times in just 30 games.The world’s best No. 9 is relishing playing at Anfield when he leads the Germans attack in the first leg of the last 16.
“I know that their fans don’t want us or me to score a goal or win, but for me personally, in such an atmosphere I’m even more energised at kick-off,” he told UEFA.com.
“That’s what makes it special for me and I’m excited to play in such a stadium. And if you win, it’s even better.”
Lewandoski came to Borussia Dortmund aged 21 years old to work under Jurgen Klopp. Neither the coach nor the player were households names then.
“He made a huge impact on my career. I have to be thankful to him because of what we did together at Dortmund,” said Lewandowski.
“We grew together and it’s led me to where I am today.
“He released that striker’s instinct in me and that allowed me to make the next step up.
“I didn’t know that I still had so much potential, more than I thought, and that means he saw something in me that I couldn’t see.”
Lewandowski went on to score eight goals in 33 games in his first Bundesliga season, when Klopp made his name with Dortmund’s first Bundesliga title for nine years.
More silverware followed in 2011/12 when Dortmund again won the title and added the German Cup with a 5-2 thumping of Bayern Munich in the final when Lewandowski scored a hat-trick in Berlin.
The Polish international cemented his status as one of the world’s best strikers by scoring all four goals when Real Madrid were routed 4-1 on a golden night in the 2012/13 Champions League.
He has now scored 176 goals in 225 games for Bayern.
Lewandowski sees the Anfield clash as a chance for Bayern to prove themselves after exiting the Champions League at the hands of Real Madrid in each of the last two seasons.
“When you’re playing against Liverpool, a team that has so many good players, anything can happen. But for us, if we are ready 100 percent, anything can happen for us as well.
“In the round of 16, one mistake can make the difference.”