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Jurgen Klopp lands LMA double after leading Liverpool to FA Cup and Carabao Cup glory, with the Champions League final coming up… as Sir Alex Ferguson jokes present him with top award and joke
- Liverpool narrowly missed out on Premier League glory, by a point, this season
- But Klopp has overseen FA Cup and League Cup triumphs with Liverpool
- They round off a dramatic season in the Champions League final on Saturday
Jurgen Klopp did the manager’s Double on Tuesday night as he was named League Managers’ Association and Premier League manager of the year.
The German guided Liverpool to the Carabao Cup and FA Cup after beating Chelsea following a penalty shoot-out at Wembley on each occasion, but saw Manchester City finish a point ahead of them to claim the Premier League title on a dramatic final day of the campaign.
Speaking on stage in London after receiving his LMA award, Klopp said: ‘It is a great honour and it was an insane season.
Jurgen Klopp has won the League Managers’ Association Premier League Manager of the Year
Klopp lead Liverpool to FA Cup glory earlier this month in a dramatic season at Anfield
Klopp also led Liverpool to Carabao Cup glory earlier this season, back in February
‘The last matchday when only two games were meaningless and in the rest, we all played for absolutely everything.
‘It was not the best outcome for us, but we are already over it.
‘When you win a prize like this you are either a genius or you have the best coaching staff in the world – and I am here with all of my coaching staff, they know how much I appreciate them.’
Klopp was also awarded the Sir Alex Ferguson trophy by the man himself
Klopp also collected the Sir Alex Ferguson Trophy, which is voted for by the full membership of managers across all the divisions.
Presenting the award, former Manchester United manager Ferguson joked: ‘This is agony, absolute agony! I told him 12 years ago to go to a club with history. I should have told him to go to Scunthorpe United.’
Liverpool will aim to add the Champions League trophy to their haul when they meet Real Madrid in Paris on Saturday.
‘This being voted for by my colleagues is obviously most important prize you can get,’ Klopp said.
‘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.’
The award arrives days after Liverpool narrowly missed out on the Premier League title
Klopp and Liverpool’s attention is now on this weekend’s Champions League final
The LMA Championship Manager of the Year went to Fulham’s Marco Silva, who guided the Cottagers straight back into the top flight, scoring 106 goals as they finished two points ahead of Bournemouth.
Wigan boss Leam Richardson won the League One award, with Matt Taylor named the League Two Manager of the Year having taken Exeter up, but just missing out on the title to Forest Green by goal difference.
Chelsea’s Emma Hayes was voted the FA Women’s Super League Manager of the Year, with Liverpool’s Matt Beard claiming the Women’s Championship award.
The LMA Service to Football Award went to Manchester United’s receptionist Kath Phipps, who has been working at the club for more than 50 years.
QPR’s Chris Ramsey and Manisha Tailor received the Kick It Out and Sky Inclusion Champion Award while Dr Sally Harris of HCA Healthcare UK was given the LMA Special Recognition Award.