The Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp won FIFA’s best men’s coach award after leading Liverpool to Champions League glory.
The 52-year-old beat Pep Guardiola of Manchester City and Mauricio Pochettino of Tottenham Hotspur
Klopp led red to a sixth European title in 2018/19 and guided them to a second-place finish in the Premier League with a remarkable 97 points
Guardiola led Manchester City to a second successive Premier League title, narrowly beating Klopp and Liverpool.
The recipient of the Best FIFA Men’s Coach title was determined by votes from national team captains, coaches, fans and journalists, with Klopp, Guardiola and Pochettino emerging as the three finalists from an initial 10-man shortlist.
In his acceptance speech, Klopp who earned the award for guiding Liverpool to their sixth European Cup triumph as well as winning the Super Cup said : “Sorry,” Klopp said. “Wow… it’s quite heavy.”
“I have to say thank you to my outstanding club Liverpool FC, to the owners, I have to say they gave me an incredible team, and I have to thank my team, because as a coach you only can be as good as your team is. Klopp said at the ceremony at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala: “Mauricio
“I’m really proud and happy that I can announce that from today on I am a member of the Common Goal family,” he added.
“I have to start at the beginning with my family sitting at home and probably watching. It’s great – nobody would have expected that I stand here 20 years ago, 10 years ago, five years ago, four years ago probably!
“We are all on the really good side of life obviously, that’s why we are here; legends – the past was great, the present is really good and the future hopefully will be good for us as well. Jurgen Klopp added.
“I don’t want to make it longer than it should be but at the end I want to use this stage to say one thing: this today is an individual prize, I don’t understand 100 per cent individual prizes but I get it because I’m here for a lot of people.