It has been a magnificent campaign for Klopp and his team.
As a result of his success in recent months, the 54-year-old German pipped Pep Guardiola to both the LMA Manager of the Year award and the Sir Alex Ferguson trophy at the LMA Awards dinner in London.
It's two awards for Jurgen Klopp as he picks up the LMA Manager of the Year award and the Sir Alex Ferguson trophy 🏆 pic.twitter.com/yjOBcR0FPx— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) May 24, 2022
Speaking on stage at the event, Klopp was honoured to receive the prestigious LMA award. “This being voted for by my colleagues is obviously the most important prize you can get," the German 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.”
Ferguson advised Klopp when first met 12 years ago “to go to a club with history”— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) May 24, 2022
“I should have told him to go to Scunthorpe United”
Klopp: “I couldn’t understand anything he said… I’ve improved through working with Robbo and Kenny.” pic.twitter.com/joObD9VKbA
KLOPP PULLED FERGIE BACK IN FOR THE PHOTO 😭😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/w2CYPpfNFQ— The Anfield Talk (@TheAnfieldTalk) May 24, 2022
Ferguson, of course, spent 26 trophy-laden years at Old Trafford between 1986 and 2013. "I should have told him to go to Scunthorpe United," joked the Scot moments later.
The Liverpool manager responded by saying he "couldn’t understand anything he [Ferguson] said" at first but he's improved through working with Andy Robertson and Kenny Daglish.
Klopp was also handed the Sir Alex Ferguson Trophy by Ferguson on the night.
"It is a great honour and it was an insane season," Klopp said. "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."
Lovely moment tonight as Jurgen Klopp is presented with his @LMA_Managers Manager of the Year award by Sir Alex Ferguson. Klopp beckons Sir Alex to be part of the photo. Respect transcends club rivalry pic.twitter.com/s8NZVKm0Zr— Manish Bhasin (@_manishbhasin) May 24, 2022
Back in 2015, when Klopp was appointed as manager of Liverpool, a "concerned" Sir Alex Ferguson was convinced the German would make a difference at Anfield.
"I’m worried about him because the one thing United don’t want is Liverpool to get above us," Ferguson said. "He’s a fantastic personality, with those big white teeth always showing.
"Even at Newcastle when they lost the second goal he goes over to Steve McClaren to congratulate him. That’s class, that. And the work he did at Dortmund.
"I know him quite well from the coaching seminars. He’s going to make a difference at that club with his personality, drive and knowledge. Things are looking up there."
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