Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp believes retired Ghanaian striker Anthony Yeboah is the greatest striker in the Bundesliga after his countryman Gerd Muller.
The 52-year-old, who made over 320 appearances for Mainz 05 in the German top-flight league, has also told English tabloid The Guardian that Yeboah had a huge impact on the German society during his playing days.
Yeboah, just a year older than Klopp, spent 7 years in the Bundesliga featuring for FC Saarbrücken and Eintracht Frankfurt.
The former Ghana international won the league’s top scorer gong for two consecutive seasons with Frankfurt and led the team to come close to lifting the Bundesliga title.
And, his striking qualities have convinced the Liverpool boss to put him second to Gerd Muller.
“Yeboah was one of the greatest strikers who played in Germany apart from Gerd Müller. He had a big impact on society,” enthuses Liverpool’s manager, who also remembers some of the abuse one of the country’s first black players had to endure. “In football we never thought about racism. If some idiots were shouting something, you realised it but you were saying: ‘Are you mad? What are you doing?’ There wasn’t social media so it didn’t get the awareness of today.
Muller holds the single-season Bundesliga record with 40 goals in season 1971–72, a record that is particularly impressive because unlike other top-flight national leagues, the Bundesliga only had 18 teams and therefore only 34 games per season. Müller averaged a goal per game or better in seven of his 14 seasons.
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