Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been named men’s coach of the year at the Best FIFA awards in Milan.
Klopp led his side 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 tally – losing just one game all season.
The German claimed the award ahead of Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, whose team Liverpool defeated in the Champions League final, and City’s Pep Guardiola.
Klopp said at the ceremony at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala: “Mauricio – we won that game, that’s why I’m here, not you.
“That’s how football is, but we all know what an incredible job you did, what an incredible job Pep did, what so many coaches out there did.
“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.
“I’m really proud of being the manager of such an incredible bunch of players.”
Klopp also announced he had signed up to the Common Goal movement, in which members donate one per cent of their salary to a charity which funds organisations around the world that use football to tackle social issues.
CLUB RECORDS KLOPP HAS BROKE SINCE BECOMING LIVERPOOL BOSS
– Most points in a season
– Most wins in a season
– Most consecutive wins
– Most games unbeaten
– Most home games unbeaten
– Champions League winners
“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.
Having then received a round of applause, Klopp commented: “A few people obviously know it – if not, Google it. It’s a great thing.”
Best FIFA Football Award winners 2019
Men’s player – Lionel Messi (Barcelona and Argentina)
Women’s player – Megan Rapinoe (Reign FC and United States)
Men’s coach – Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool)
Women’s coach – Jill Ellis (United States)
Men’s goalkeeper – Alisson Becker (Liverpool and Brazil)
Women’s goalkeeper – Sari Van Veenendaal (Atletico Madrid and Holland)
Puskas award – Daniel Zsori (Debrecen/Fehervar)
Fan award – Silvia Grecco (Palmeiras)
Fair play award – Marcelo Bielsa and the Leeds squad
FIFPro men’s world XI – Alisson; Matthijs De Ligt, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Virgil Van Dijk; Frenkie De Jong, Eden Hazard, Luka Modric; Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi
FIFPro women’s world XI – Sari Van Veenendaal; Lucy Bronze, Nilla Fischer, Kelley O’Hara, Wendie Renard; Julie Ertz, Amandine Henry, Rose Lavelle; Marta, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe