The FIFA Best Player of the Year winner has revealed the genius method Klopp used to improve his finishing abilities.
Jurgen Klopp used a clever financial wager to motivate Robert Lewandowski into honing his attacking talents during their time together at Borussia Dortmund.
The Pole used to get €50 every time he scored 10 times in a training session, giving him plenty of motivation to improve.
“The coach gave me €50 each time I scored 10 goals in the same training session,” he told France Football.
“It was in that way that my qualities were increased, that my limits were pushed and that I was made to work more.”
The one downside of this clever tactic for Lewandowski, however, was that he had to pay Klopp €50 if he hadn’t reached his goal target.
The 32-year-old added: “In my first weeks at Dortmund, I often gave him €50.
“But in the end, he stopped it dead because it was costing him too much money!
“But for me it was very profitable because it helped me a great deal to improve my finishing.
“I was young at that time. Klopp spotted my qualities, and he wanted me to reach new heights.”
Klopp was the one who brought Lewandowski over to the Bundesliga in 2010 from Polish club Lech Poznan.
Things didn’t go to plan initially for the striker, having spent most of his debut campaign playing second-fiddle to Lucas Barrios. But he eventually got his big break at Dortmund and began smashing home the goals.
Lewandowski has recently won the FIFA Best Player of the Year award ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi after scoring a sensational 55 goals in only 47 appearances across all competitions.
The Bayern Munich star is widely rated as the world’s best striker and still credits Klopp for unleashing the untapped potential he had inside of him.