Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has lavished praise on Lionel Messi, labelling the Argentine superstar as the greatest footballer of his lifetime.
Lionel Messi recently led Argentina to FIFA World Cup 2022 glory as the 35-year-old won finally lifted the one trophy that had eluded him until then in his trophy-laden career. Lionel Messi was sensational for Argentina at FIFA World Cup 2022 and won the Golden Ball for his performances in Qatar.
The Argentina captain scored seven goals for his nation in Qatar 2022, including a brace he bagged in the FIFA World Cup 2022 final against France’s national football team. He also came close to winning the Golden Boot at Qatar 2022 but it was Kylian Mbappe, with eight goals, who won the award.
The FIFA World Cup 2022 title win with Argentina has further strengthened Lionel Messi’s stake for claim as the greatest footballer of all time, and Jurgen Klopp says the Argentine is the greatest footballer in his lifetime.
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Jurgen Klopp hails Lionel Messi as ‘greatest footballer in my lifetime’
Speaking to the media ahead of Liverpool’s first Premier League match post the winter break, Jurgen Klopp said Argentina deserved to win the FIFA World Cup 2022 title.
“Argentina deserved it and when you saw the team and the country celebrating, then it probably hit the right country in difficult times. I am really happy for them, they waited for a long time,” Jurgen Klopp said.
Liverpool’s manager also heaped praise on Lionel Messi, who he said was a joy to watch. “The greatest footballer in my lifetime, Lionel Messi, the way he plays football at this age should give us all a hint at how long footballers can perform at the top level. We shouldn’t close the books too early. It was a joy to watch him,” Jurgen Klopp said.
Meanwhile, Liverpool will take on Aston Villa in an away fixture in their Premier League game after the winter break. The Merseyside outfit currently sits sixth in the Premier League points table.
The Reds have 22 points from 14 matches in the Premier League in the ongoing 22/23 season.
Liverpool, meanwhile, are 15 points behind table-toppers Arsenal, who have earned 37 points from 14 matches.
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