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Jurgen Klopp wins manager of the year gong

Jurgen Klopp has been named the League Managers' Association manager of the year.

The Liverpool boss has been handed the prestigious award after guiding the Reds to their first league title in 30 years, and the decision was announced by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Scot said: "It was thoroughly deserved.

"The performance level of your team was outstanding. Your personality runs right through the whole club.

"I'll forgive you for ringing me at half past three in the morning to tell me you had won the league - thank you!"

Liverpool won the Premier League by 18 points from second-placed Manchester City, and Klopp is thrilled with his latest success.

He shared: "I'm absolutely delighted to be named the winner of the League Managers Association manager of the year award, for this wonderful Sir Alex Ferguson trophy, named after a man that I admire so much.

"I know it's not 100 percent appropriate as a Liverpool manager - but I admire him. He was the first British manager I met and we had breakfast together.

"It was long ago and I'm not sure if he remembers it still, but I remember it forever because it was for me in this moment like meeting the Pope if you want!

"It was absolutely great and from the first second we really clicked. I wouldn't have thought in that moment that one day I would hold the trophy in my hands which is named after him."

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