Former Manchester United boss praised the German manager after guiding Liverpool to the league title, but respect is mutual
Klopp was honored with the award after guiding Liverpool to a first high-flying title in 30 years, finishing 18 points ahead of closest challengers Manchester City.
Legendary former Manchester United manager Ferguson sang the praises of the German manager when announcing the award and revealed he received a surprise phone call from him after winning the league this season.
“I forgive you for waking me up at 3:30 am to tell me you won the league!” Ferguson added at the end of his tribute. “Thanks, but anyway, you deserved it.” Good game. ”
Klopp was happy to put club rivalries aside and reveal how much he admired the Scotland manager, whom he first met early in his coaching career.
“I know it’s not 100% appropriate as a Liverpool manager, but I admire him,” Klopp said after winning the LMA award.
“I remember he was the first British manager I met. We had breakfast. I don’t know how much he remembers but I remember because for me that moment was like meeting the Pope.
“It was absolutely awesome and from that first season we clicked.
“I didn’t think at the time that I would have a trophy with his name in my hands. ”
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Ferguson spent 27 years at the helm of United before his retirement in 2013. He guided the Old Trafford club to 13 Premier League titles and two Champions League titles among a host of other trophies.
Klopp, meanwhile, spent almost five years at Liverpool, having joined Borussia Dortmund in which he won two Bundesliga titles and reached a Champions League final.
The 53-year-old led the Anfield team to the European crown last season, followed by the UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup before sealing the domestic title.