Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp won the Premier League manager of the month on Tuesday night edging rival, Pep Guardiola to scoop both awards.
The German has received the award after guiding the Reds to second in the Premier League, finishing one point behind Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in one of the most thrilling title race ever.
However, The Kopites won both the Carabao Cup and FA Cup, beating Chelsea in penalty shoot-outs at Wembley on both occasions. It’s the second time Klopp has won the Premier League Manager of the Season prize.
The Liverpool boss edged Pep Guardiola, Newcastle’s Eddie Howe, Crystal Palace’s Patrick Vieira and Brentford’s Thomas Frank to win the prestigious Premier League award voted by the fans.
Klopp has also won the League Manager Association’s (LMA) Manager of the Year award for the second time. The prize is named after legendary Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson, who won the award a record five times during his career.
The award is voted for by the managers across all the divisions in English senior football. Guardiola won the Sir Alex Ferguson award last year for the second time. The honour isn’t always given to the Premier League’s leading boss, with Chris Wilder winning the award at Championship side Sheffield United in 2019.
Klopp received both awards at a ceremony on Tuesday, hosted by the LMA. When asked about the climax of Liverpool’s Premier League campaign at the ceremony, the Liverpool boss said “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.”
Sir Alex Ferguson who was present at the event was quoted saying “This is agony, absolute agony,” – referring to Liverpool’s impressive success under the German this season.