Klopp wins best coach at Best Awards ahead of Guardiola, Pochettino

Date published: Monday 23rd September 2019 8:29

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been named the coach of the year at FIFA’s The Best Football Awards.

The Reds boss, who was up against Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola and Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino for the award, led his side to victory in the Champions League final in Madrid in June and a club-record 97-point finish in the Premier League.

Speaking about the award, Klopp said: “It is great, nobody expected this 20, 10, five, four years ago that I would be standing here.

“We know what an incredible job you [Mauricio Pochettino] did and what Pep did. I have to say thank you to my outstanding club Liverpool FC.

“To the owners thank you, they gave me an incredible team. I have to thank my team – as a coach you can only be as good as your team is. I’m really proud of being manager of such an incredible bunch of players.

“This is an individual prize, I don’t 100% understand individual prizes, I’m here for a lot of people.”

Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker are up for the men’s player of the year and men’s goalkeeper of the year, respectively.

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