Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been named the League Managers’ Association manager of the year after leading the Reds to the Premier League title for the first time in 30years.

Interestingly, the German received the award from Manchester United great Sir Alex Ferguson, after whom the trophy is named.

An absolutely delighted Klopp told Sky Sports: “I know it’s not 100 per cent appropriate as a Liverpool manager but I admire him,” he said. “I remember he was the first British manager I met.

“We had breakfast. I’m not sure how much he remembers but I remember because for me this moment was like meeting the Pope. It was absolutely great and from that first season we clicked. I didn’t think at this moment I would have a trophy in my hands named after him.”

Ferguson added: “Jurgen, fantastic. We speak about Leeds spending 16 years in the Championship, but Liverpool 30 years since winning that league, incredible.

“You thoroughly deserved it. The performance level of your team was outstanding. Your personality runs right throughout the whole club. It was a marvellous performance.

“I’ll forgive you for waking me up at 3.30am to tell me you have won the league! Thank you, but anyway, you thoroughly deserved it. Well done.”

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