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REDS RULE WATCH: Jurgen Klopp's shock as he is named best coach in the world for a second successive season

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Liverpool's manager Jurgen Klopp smiles after being awarded as Men's coach of the year during the Best FIFA Football Awards Ceremony. (Valeriano Di Domenico/Pool via AP)

Liverpool's manager Jurgen Klopp smiles after being awarded as Men's coach of the year during the Best FIFA Football Awards Ceremony. (Valeriano Di Domenico/Pool via AP)

Liverpool's manager Jurgen Klopp smiles after being awarded as Men's coach of the year during the Best FIFA Football Awards Ceremony. (Valeriano Di Domenico/Pool via AP)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was named best men’s coach for the second successive year, beating Leeds’ Marcelo Bielsa and Bayern’s treble-winning boss Hans-Dieter Flick as he became the first dual recipient.

Having won the award last year following the Reds' Champions League triumph, Klopp was presented with the award again after ending Liverpool's long wait for a Premier League title.

Yet the Liverpool boss admitted he was shocked to claim the award, ahead of Champions League-winning manager Flick.

"I was shocked, I was," he told Liverpool's website. "I thought Hansi would win it. I really think after winning the treble – German Cup, German league and the Champions League – I thought he would win it, to be honest. He did an exceptional job. We texted already after it.

"I have to say thank you and I do that – especially on behalf of all my coaching staff. Without them I would not be here and we wouldn't have the success.

"Without the boys, the players, it would not have been possible. Arsene Wenger said it exactly right when he asked: what do you have to be, to be a good coach?

"He said it at the end but I think it helps in the beginning as well. A world-class team helps! And I have that, thank God. I work in a sensational club, get all the support you need, have only great people around me.

"So we come here, even in difficult times, every day with a smile on our face. It all makes it easier and makes it possible. I said a couple of times I'm not the biggest believer in these kind of individual awards for coaches but I learned we just take it for all of us.

"We can obviously not change the world – one face gets the prize but it's for all of us and I'm really proud of that."

The Liverpool quartet of Alisson Becker, Virgil van Dijk, Trent-Alexander Arnold, Thiago Alcantara were named in the world team of the year, with Klopp saluting his star names.

"I think we were the most players from one club, right? OK, we had to buy Thiago to win that competition… but that's what I call smart business," he added with a smile.

"It's just a sign of our development in the last few years, that's true. I wouldn't have been around a few years ago, the players wouldn't have been around. The club is in a good moment, that's true 100 per cent.

"Still we have too many injuries in this tricky time and stuff like this, but from time to time we can smash a nice performance on the pitch and can still win football games. But it's tough and I'm really proud – and I hope our fans are really proud – that we have these exceptional players here playing for their club.

"When I heard the best team of the world, I said seven of them wouldn't play in my team! We are blessed with some really good footballers around and long may it continue. The boys are young enough, I'm still in kind of an OK age. So, there's still a lot to come, let's go for it."

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