Klopp named best coach at FIFA awards; Son wins Puskas Award

Jurgen Klopp has been named the Best Men’s Coach for the second year in a row at FIFA’s The Best awards ceremony.

The German led Liverpool to a long-awaited first league title in 30 years – and in convincing fashion.

Klopp was one of three candidates up for the award, alongside Bayern Munich’s Hansi Flick and Leeds’ Marcelo Bielsa.

Liverpool’s dominance was over-powering, though – even if Klopp seemed surprised to have won the award again.

He said: “I am [shocked]. I was sitting here because I thought last year I won it. I am here with my players. Thank you very much, wow.

“I have so many people to thank and most of all my coaches. If I had known we’d won it my coaches would be here with me. What we did in the last year is all about these boys.

“We didn’t dream 30 years but we dream already for a few years. It was absolutely exceptional and we all had a special year in an unfortunately not so positive way but for Liverpool fans at least we could make some highlights in a tricky period.

“I had no idea how it would feel and it felt absolutely overwhelming.”

Son wins Puskas award

Meanwhile, Tottenham forward Son Heung-min won the Puskas Award for his phenomenal solo strike against Burnley in December 2019.

The South Korean dribbled almost the entire length of the pitch before finishing, and it has been chosen as the best goal of the year.

 

Son was excited to have won the award, saying: “Great, great! It was so nice – when I got the ball, I tried to pass, received it in my own box, couldn’t find any option and started to dribble, and after two seconds was in front of the goal – it was such a surprise, such a beautiful goal.

“They (my team-mates) should give me more options… I am joking! I made a great run, great goal, so I am grateful for my team-mates as well.

“After I scored, I didn’t realise it was that amazing – after the game, I watched it again, and was thinking ‘wow, this is something special’.

“During the game you focus, afterwards I was so surprised that I was so far away, so many people around me. It was an amazing feeling.”