Quoted by The Sun, Borussia Dortmund hitman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pays tribute to Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp for helping him develop into one of the world's finest strikers.
Former Dortmund coach Klopp brought the Gabon international to Signal Iduna Park from Saint Etienne in 2013 and Aubameyang has since blossomed into one of the most lethal marksmen on the planet, netting 35 goals in all competitions for the German giants this season.
The ex-AC Milan starlet was rotated regularly during his first season with the club, a decision which the 26-year-old admits he did not understand at the time, but the hitman now understands that it was part of the "apprenticeship" which Klopp had in mind for him.
“Sometimes I didn’t understand why I wasn’t picked," he was quoted as saying by The Sun. “Klopp explained that when you come to play for Dortmund, the first season always happens in this way — it’s an apprenticeship.
“He helped me to understand that things would be better the next season. I took things on board and I listened to him. I worked hard in training, I stayed behind after training.
“That’s what helped me to shine in the Bundesliga because I scored quite a lot of goals despite some difficult games in the league. Klopp helped me play my favourite position again — centre-forward.”
With Aubameyang setting the world alight, and Robert Lewandowski emerging as one of the best strikers around under Klopp, the Reds boss clearly knows what he is doing in regards to strikers.
That is why Liverpool fans might be hoping that the 48-year-old can get the best out of Christian Benteke, who has struggled to live up to his billing since his big-money move from Aston Villa last summer.
Aubaymeyang wil get the chance to thank Klopp in person when Dortmund clash with Liverpool in the quarter-finals of the Europa League next month.