Jurgen Klopp has been nominated for the UEFA Men’s Manager of the Year award, alongside two of his fellow countrymen in Julian Nagelsmann and Hansi Flick.
Liverpool’s official website has confirmed the news, with Klopp’s achievements this year earning him recognition on the European stage. To win the award, however, he will need to beat off competition from Leipzig’s Nagelsman and Bayern Munich’s Flick.
Nagelsmann led Leipzig to a top-three finish in the Bundesliga, whilst also taking the club to the semi-finals of the Champions League. Flick, meanwhile, dominated with Bayern as they won the treble – taking home the DFB Pokal, the Bundesliga and the Champions League this year.
The winner will be announced on October 1st during the UEFA Champions League group stage draw.
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
Whilst Klopp was able to win the Premier League with Liverpool this year, Flick’s outstanding achievements could make him the favourite for the award. Flick won three major trophies, compared to Klopp’s one, and brought one the Champions League – with Liverpool having been knocked out by Atletico Madrid earlier in the competition.
The Bayern job is also Flick’s second in management and first in 15 years, perhaps making his accomplishments all the more impressive irrespective of the squad at disposal. This means that Flick, on paper, may be more deserving of the award than Klopp.
That being said, it would be fantastic to see Klopp win such an honour and his incredible work to win the Premier League with Liverpool is worthy of huge praise. If he wins the award, it would be surprising to see any Liverpool fans complaining about the outcome as it would be a prestigious honour to be named as the best manager in Europe for 2020.