In a survey conducted for the Bundesliga players, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was named best manager in the world.
Around 248 players from all 18 top-flight sides took part in the survey. Klopp saw off Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola in the race for top spot. Klopp won 35.7 per cent of the vote in comparison to Guardiola’s 31.1 per cent.
The only other challengers for the ‘Best Manager’ title were Bayern Munich’s Jupp Heynckes and Zinedine Zidane. The latter resigned as Real Madrid manager earlier on Thursday with a big question mark on who his replacement would be. They each took 10.9 per cent of the vote.
Guardiola and Klopp were rivals when they managed Bayern and Borussia Dortmund respectively. Back in December 2016, the 47-year-old Spaniard admitted that Klopp is the best manager in the world for spectators. He said: “He creates teams to attack the back four.
“I learned a lot in Germany the first time I played his team. I was new and it was ‘wow’, what a good lesson.”
Klopp’s exciting brand of football has been lauded by many fans and experts alike. This season, his Liverpool side has taken teams apart at will on many an occasion.
However, the German is still yet to claim his first silverware at Anfield. He came close with the Champions League, losing to Real Madrid in the final in Kiev.
But that will do little to dampen his spirits and one can be sure that the Reds will come back stronger next season. With a player like Mohamed Salah, backed by the likes of Mané and Firmino, they have a formidable attack.
Sadly for them, things did not really click for them in the Champions League final. Jurgen Klopp could only watch helplessly as Los Blancos romped to a 3-1 victory.