Jurgen Klopp wins the League Managers’ Association award

The Reds won both the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup after defeating Chelsea in penalty shoot-outs at Wembley – but Manchester City finished a point ahead of them to win the Premier League on a dramatic final day of the season.

Liverpool will want to add the Champions League trophy to their collection when they face Real Madrid on Saturday in Paris.

Klopp was also presented with the LMA’s Sir Alex Ferguson Trophy, which is voted on by the whole membership of managers from all divisions.

“It’s a fantastic honor, and it’s been a crazy season,” Klopp remarked.

“On the final matchday, just two games were meaningless, and the rest, we all competed for everything.”

“It wasn’t the ideal ending for us, but we’ve moved on.”

“When you win an award like this, you’re either a genius or have the finest coaching team in the world – and I’m here with all of my coaching staff, and they know how much I love them.”

City manager Pep Guardiola, Thomas Frank, who kept Brentford up after a fantastic debut season, Eddie Howe at Newcastle, and Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira were also on the LMA’s Premier League Manager of the Year shortlist.

Jurgen Klopp And Sir Alex Ferguson

Klopp also won both LMA awards for the 2019-20 season, which was cut short by the Covid-19 epidemic.

“Obviously, this (Sir Alex Ferguson Trophy) being chosen for by my colleagues is the most significant trophy you can win,” the German added.

“I don’t believe in individual awards in football in general; it’s a team sport, and I’d be nothing without these lads.” It all comes down to what we can and have done together.

“We thought we’d be better this season, but we had no clue we’d be consistently better, and I’m incredibly pleased of the lads for what they accomplished.”

“We live in a society where second place isn’t remembered — because of the other people from Liverpool, you have to win all the time – and Pep Guardiola definitely earned that with Manchester City.”

“Now we have the opportunity to play against the most experienced Champions League squad and manager, but we’ve been there (in the final) three of the previous five years, so we’ll give it a go.”

After guiding the Cottagers back into the top flight, Fulham’s Marco Silva was named LMA Championship Manager of the Year, scoring 106 goals and finishing two points clear of Bournemouth.

Wigan manager Leam Richardson was crowned League One Manager of the Year. At the same time, Matt Taylor was named League Two Manager of the Year after taking over at Exeter and almost losing out on the championship to Forest Green by goal difference.

Chelsea’s Emma Hayes was named FA Women’s Super League Manager of the Year, while Liverpool’s Matt Beard was named Women’s Championship Manager of the Year.

Kath Phipps, a receptionist at Manchester United for more than 50 years, received the LMA Service to Football Award.

Chris Ramsey and Manisha Tailor of QPR were awarded the Kick It Out and Sky Inclusion Champion Awards, respectively, while Dr. Sally Harris of HCA Healthcare UK got the LMA Special Recognition Award.

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