Best Fifa Football Awards 2019: Jurgen Klopp wins best coach ahead of Pep Guardiola

Best Fifa Football Awards 2019: Jurgen Klopp wins best coach ahead of Pep Guardiola
Source: BBC
Date: 23-09-2019 Time: 07:09:11:pm
Jurgen Klopp guided Liverpool to their first Champions League success since 2005 with a 2-0 win over Tottenham

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp won the men's coach of the year at the Best Fifa Football Awards in Milan.

Klopp, 52, was one of three Premier League bosses to be nominated for the award, alongside Manchester City's Pep Guardiola and Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino.

Liverpool beat Spurs in the Champions League final in June and came second in the Premier League in 2018-19.

The Reds have also won all six league matches at the start of 2019-20.

"It is great, nobody expected this 20, 10, five, four years ago that I would be standing here," said Klopp.

"We know what an incredible job you [Mauricio Pochettino] did and what Pep did. I have to say thank you to my outstanding club Liverpool FC.

"To the owners thank you, they gave me an incredible team. I have to thank my team - as a coach you can only be as good as your team is. I'm really proud of being manager of such an incredible bunch of players.

"This is an individual prize, I don't 100% understand individual prizes, I'm here for a lot of people."

In accepting the award, Klopp announced that he is joining the Common Goal initiative set up by Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata. It means the Reds boss will donate 1% of his salary to the charity, which pledges to “generate social change and improve lives”.