Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp makes Sir Alex Ferguson admission after winning LMA award

Klopp, who won the European Cup with Liverpool last year before their league success this term, told Sky Sports upon receiving the trophy: “I’m absolutely delighted to get this wonderful trophy. It’s really wonderful.

“I saw already who won it before and obviously a lot of big, big Liverpool names involved, not only Liverpool but really big Liverpool names as well. Bill Shankly I’m not sure if I found him but Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan, Kenny Dalglish, looks like he is all over the trophy, everywhere.

“Brendan [Rodgers] won it, well deserved. The name [of the trophy] is, Sir Alex Ferguson. I know it’s not 100 per cent appropriate as Liverpool manager but I admire him – not to say I love him.

“He was the first British manager I met and we had breakfast together, it’s long ago, I’m not sure he remembers it but I remember it forever because in this moment it was for me like meeting the Pope, if you want!

“It was absolutely great and from the first second we really clicked. I wouldn’t have thought in that moment that one day I would have the trophy in my hands that is named after him but I have to say thank you to a lot of people.