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Jurgen Klopp beats Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino to best FIFA coach award

Jurgen Klopp beats Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino to best FIFA coach award
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The Liverpool manager paid tribute to his 'incredible bunch of players'.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been named men's coach of the year at the Best FIFA awards in Milan.

Klopp guided his side to Champions League glory last season, while the Reds narrowly missed out on the Premier League title, being pipped by Manchester City.

The German claimed the award ahead of Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, whose team Liverpool defeated in the Champions League final, and City's Pep Guardiola.

— #TheBest 🏆 (@FIFAcom) September 23, 2019

Klopp said at the ceremony at Milan's Teatro all Scala: "Mauricio – we won that game, that's why I'm here, not you. That's how football is, but we all know what an incredible job you did, what an incredible job Pep did, what so many coaches out there did.

"I have to say thank you to my outstanding club, Liverpool FC, to the owners, I have to say they gave me an incredible team, and I have to thank my team, because as a coach you only can be as good as your team is.

"I'm really proud of being the manager of such an incredible bunch of players."

Klopp took the opportunity to reveal he had signed up to the Common Goal movement, in which members donate one per cent of their salary to a charity which funds organisations around the world that use football to tackle social issues.

He said: "I'm really proud and happy that I can announce that from today on I am a member of the Common Goal family."

Having then received a round of applause, Klopp said: "A few people obviously know it – if not, Google it. It's a great thing."

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2Leicester CityLeicester128222982126
3Chelsea1282227171026
4Manchester CityMan City1281335132225
5Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd12453139417
6Arsenal124531617-117
7Manchester UnitedMan Utd124441612416
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9Bournemouth124441515016
10Burnley124351718-115
11Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton124351517-215
12Crystal Palace124351016-615
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle124351118-715
14Tottenham HotspurSpurs123541817114
15Everton124261318-514
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham123451420-613
17Aston Villa123271720-311
18Watford12156823-158
19Southampton122281129-188
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