Jurgen Klopp has said he was shocked when he was announced as FIFA’s Best Men’s coach of the season.
The Liverpool manager beat out Bayern Munich’s Hansi Flick and Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa to the award.
Klopp helped end Liverpool’s 30-year wait for a Premier League title last season.
“I am [shocked]. I was sitting here because I thought last year I won it. I am here with my players. Thank you very much, wow,” the German tactician said after receiving the prize.
“I have so many people to thank and most of all my coaches. If I had known we’d won it my coaches would be here with me. What we did in the last year is all about these boys.
“We didn’t dream 30 years but we dream already for a few years. It was absolutely exceptional and we all had a special year in an unfortunately not so positive way but for Liverpool fans at least we could make some highlights in a tricky period. I had no idea how it would feel and it felt absolutely overwhelming.”