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Liverpool boss Klopp collects BBC award and aims cheeky dig at Man Utd

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp aimed a cheeky dig at Manchester United after his side were crowned as the Team of the Year at the BBC Sports Personality ceremony on Sunday night.

Klopp, who was named FIFA Coach of the Year last week, also picked up he Coach of the Year award on top of his team’s award.

While skipper Jordan Henderson finished second in the biggest prize of the night, which was predictably won by Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton.

Liverpool’s title win, which ended a 30-year wait for a top-flight title, was done in emphatic fashion. They managed to finish 18 points clear of their nearest rival and recorded the earliest title win in the competition’s history by clinching it with seven games to play.

It was Liverpool’s 19th top division title and their first since 1989-90.

And the German was honoured to take the award in Salford, before he aimed a jibe at United.

“When the coach of the Team of the Year becomes the Coach of the Year then I had an outstanding team on the pitch obviously.

“Hendo nearly mentioned all of them, but my coaching staff is obviously the main reason why all the things worked the way they work, so I’m really happy.

“Usually you win a prize as a football coach, this time obviously all my contenders were from all different kinds of sports and I never before won something like that. It’s really nice.

 

 

“On behalf of my coaches, I accept it obviously and take it home to Liverpool. Thank you very much.

‘Incredible job’

“My team deserve this, because they did an incredible job,” said the German, who took over at Anfield in 2015 with Liverpool 10th in the Premier League.

“It’s a mix of talent, character, desire and the power of the club which is a big one.

“That all comes together and it was a great moment when we became champions.

“We want to organise a big party when it’s allowed again, it could take a little while again but until then maybe we can win something else, we will see.

“We can’t wait to see the fans again and winning this prize in Manchester is even sweeter.”

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