What Sir Alex Ferguson said to Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp after presenting him with the Manager of the Year award
Jurgen Klopp received the LMA Manager of the Year award on Tuesday night after another stunning season in charge of the Reds.
Despite missing out on the Premier League title to Manchester City by a point, the Reds go over 90 points for the third time under the German’s management and produced a remarkable run in the second half of the season to close the gap with the Sky Blues.
It’s the second time Klopp has won the award, which is voted on by other professional managers and can be awarded to any manager in England’s top four tiers. The Liverpool boss has also been recognized for his efforts in the 2019/20 season after ending Liverpool’s 30-year wait for the top-flight title.
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Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was on hand to present Klopp with the LMA manager’s award, which has seen his former rivals go from strength to strength following the former Borussia Dortmund manager’s arrival. Clearly pained by the realization of how strong Liverpool have become as a result of the 54-year-old, Ferguson announced: “It’s agony, absolute agony!” as he presented the trophy.
When the couple first met 12 years ago, Ferguson advised Klopp ‘to go to a club with a story’ – a message he now regrets giving. “I should have told him to go to Scunthorpe United,” joked the Scotsman.
Responding to this remark, the Liverpool manager added: “I didn’t understand anything about what he [Ferguson] says…I got better working with Robbo and Kenny.
Klopp was also named Premier League Manager of the Season on Monday night, beating competition from Eddie Howe, Patrick Vieira, Pep Guardiola and Thomas Frank.