Jurgen Klopp, the manager of Liverpool, has been named the Barclays Premier League manager of the year as well as the League Manager Association’s manager of the season after the club narrowly missed out on winning the Premier League title.
After a thrilling final day on Sunday, May 22, Liverpool finished with 92 points, one point behind eventual champions Manchester City.
After trailing City by 14 points at one point, Liverpool went on a 19-game unbeaten streak to finish the season, with 10 wins in a row from January to April helping them close the gap.
While accepting his award, Klopp reflected on the Premier League season, saying, “It is a great honor, and it was an insane season.” The last matchday, when only two games were meaningless and we all played for everything else.
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“It was a little nerve-racking, and it wasn’t the best outcome for us, but we’re already over it.” And winning a prize like this means you’re either a genius or have the best coaching staff in the world – I’m here with four of my coaching staff, and they know how much I appreciate them.”
Klopp also received the Sir Alex Ferguson Trophy, which is chosen by the entire membership of managers from all divisions. “This is agony, absolute agony…Jurgen Klopp,” Sir Alex said as he announced the winner.
“This being voted for by my colleagues is obviously the most important prize you can get,” Liverpool manager Klopp added.
“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.”