A Bayern Munich and German international superstar, who was once touted as the perfect FC Barcelona signing by Xavi Hernandez, has revealed two FIFA World-Cup winning stars as his greatest inspirations.
At age 24, Kimmich, who can be deployed in several positions on the pitch, is considered to be one of the finest talents in world football.
After being snapped up by the Bayern in January 2015 from RB Leipzig, Kimmich was handed his top-flight debut by Pep Guardiola and has since gone on to cement his spot as one of the most influential players for the Bundesliga champions.
With more than 150 appearances for the Bavarian giants, Kimmich paid homage to Guardiola, citing the former Barcelona and Bayern mentor's influence on his game while citing Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso as his two biggest inspirations.
"With Pep, I loved every training session. He's a perfectionist who's always worried about the details, and who leaves nothing to chance," he said on the Bundesliga's official website.
"His sessions were incredibly intense. He loves beautiful football and on a personal level, he played me in different positions to make me a versatile footballer.
"Before I first met him, Pep had analysed me from A to Z, and when he spoke to me about my game and my state of mind, I could see myself 100% in what he was saying. He assured me that he wouldn't field me just to make up the numbers, but that I would get a chance and he counted on me. Without that talk, I wouldn't have joined (Bayern).
The VfB Stuttgart went into detail about his admiration for Alonso and Lahm, claiming that the Spaniard was 'a real source of inspiration', while paying a glowing tribute to Lahm, who amassed over 500 appearances during his 15-year stint with Bayern.
"He was truly special in the way he played; his crosses were of a surgical precision, and I was always impressed," Kimmich said. "He was a real source of inspiration.
"The way he read the game was incredible. I was flattered to be his team-mate. He's without doubt the best player I ever played with. Xabi was the perfect player in Guardiola's system. He always knew who he was going to pass to before he even received the ball. He was the brains of the team."
"His consistency was incredible. You could count his bad games on one hand. I would like to commit as few mistakes as he did, whether it's in terms of positioning, anticipation, clearances, and to be as intelligent on the field.
"It's on that level that he is a source of inspiration, with his ability to make the right decision between managing a situation or taking risks. That's what he knew best, but it's also the most complicated to do and to keep doing. He's a Bayern legend, and one of German football. To be considered as such, you need to have been convincing on the highest level over many years."
Kimmich will play no part in Bayern's last-16 second-leg tie against Liverpool due to suspension, after picking up a yellow card for a foul of Sadio Mane.
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