Jurgen Klopp has revealed his surprise at winning FIFA’s best coach award and admits he ‘didn’t expect’ the accolade over Bayern Munich’s treble-winning manager Hansi Flick.
Klopp was named as the world’s best coach at the Best FIFA awards, having guided Liverpool to UEFA Super Cup, Club World Cup success and the Premier League title last season – the Reds’ first top-flight crown in three decades.
It was the second successive year that Klopp had claimed the honour after also being acknowledged following Liverpool‘s Champions League victory in 2019, though the German admits he was surprised to have edged compatriot Flick for the prestigious honour.
Flick led Bayern to a historic treble-winning season as the Bavarians were crowned as champions of Europe in addition to winning the Bundesliga and German Cup, with Klopp revealing his shock at being awarded the honour following an awards ceremony in Zurich on Thursday evening.
“I’m grateful for it. Like everybody I was a bit wide-eyed, I didn’t expect it at all. I thought Hansi Flick won everything pretty much in the last year,” he said at his pre-match press conference.
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“I’m happy about it, it’s a special thing for my coaches and me. I’ve just seen them already and they are buzzing.
“If you’d asked me if I was the world’s best coach, I would have said no. If you asked if I have the best coaches around me, I would have said yes.
“So we take the award like this. There are more important things in the world but its a nice thing.”
Klopp was joined in being recognised by Alisson, Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold with the Liverpool trio named in the Men’s Team of the Year, whilst Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski was named as Player of the Year ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.