Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool’s manager, has been crowned Barclays Premier League manager of the year and League Manager Association manager of the year after his team narrowly lost out on winning the Premier League title.
After an exciting final day on Sunday, May 22, Liverpool ended with 92 points, one point behind eventual champions Manchester City.
Liverpool embarked on a 19-game unbeaten streak to finish the season, with 10 wins in a row from January to April helping them reduce the 14-point deficit with City.
Reflecting on the Premier League season while accepting his award, Klopp said: “It is a great honour and it was an insane season. The last matchday when only two games were meaningless and, in the rest, we all played for absolutely everything.
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“It was a bit nervy, it wasn’t the best outcome for us, but we are already over it. And when you win a prize like this you are either a genius, or you have the best coaching staff in the world – I am here with four of my coaching staff, and they know how much I appreciate them.”
Klopp also collected the Sir Alex Ferguson Trophy, which is voted for by the full membership of managers across all the divisions. As Sir Alex himself announced the winner, he said: “This is agony, it’s absolute agony…Jurgen Klopp.”
The Liverpool manager added: “This being voted for by my colleagues is obviously most important prize you can get.
“I don’t believe in individual prizes in football generally, it is a team sport and I would be nothing without these boys there. It is all about what we can do together and what we did together.”