Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp has been named as the League Managers Association manager of the year. The German coach managed to win Liverpool their very first Premier League title and the club’s first league title in 30 years.
Klopp was announced as a winner by Sir Alex Ferguson on Sky Sports. “It was thoroughly deserved. The performance level of your team was outstanding. Your personality runs right through the whole club. I’ll forgive you for ringing me at half past three in the morning to tell me you had won the league – thank you!”
Klopp has amassed a stunning 99 points in the Premier League as the Reds finished the season with an 18 point lead over Manchester City. “I’m absolutely delighted to be named the winner of the League Managers Association manager of the year award, for this wonderful Sir Alex Ferguson trophy, named after a man that I admire so much,” said Klopp.
“It feels extra special to win this award because it is voted for by my fellow managers. It’s an honour to be in the company of so many managers who have been named as LMA manager of the year before, including of course Liverpool managers like Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan, Sir Kenny Dalglish and, in recent years, Brendan Rodgers.” He added: “I am here on behalf of my coaches. I’m OK as a manager but they make us a real special bunch of football brains.”