Ex-Manchester City player Danny Mills has stated that Klopp shouldn’t have won the top FIFA award last night. He believes that- as you can probably guess- Pep Guardiola should have got the award instead.
In a radio interview on talkSport on Tuesday morning (24/09/2019), Mills said:
“Liverpool won the Champions League […] but it’s just a cup. They didn’t win every game in that competition, did they. Man City won the League with the way they played.”
Mills then went on to belittle Klopp’s award, adding: “But also, he’s media friendly. If that had been Mourinho who won the Champions League and came second, would he got the vote? No chance.”
“A lot of it has come down to personality”
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“#LFC won the UCL which is sensational… but it’s a cup.”
“Man City won the league & with the way that they played…”
“If Mourinho came 2nd in the PL & won the CL would he have got the vote? No chance.”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) September 24, 2019
Not really surprising is it?
That the former City defender believes the current Blues manager should have won Best Coach. It’s like asking Steven Gerrard whether he prefers Liverpool or Everton.
You can easily see why Klopp got the award over Guardiola- and it’s got nothing to do with his personality.
Both managers have been at the club for nearly five seasons. In that time, they have accomplished much for both clubs:
Guardiola has won two Premier League titles, two EFL trophies, an FA Cup and a Community Shield.
On the other hand, Klopp has won a European Cup and a UEFA Super Cup; the German manager has also led Liverpool into numerous cup finals, including the Europa League in 2015/16 and the Champions League in 2017/18.
Yes, both managers look good on paper.
However, there is a reason why Klopp got the edge over Guardiola- the quality of the team.
It’s all good that Mills believes Guardiola deserved the award, but the Spanish manager did in fact inherit that team. They were consecutively in the top four even before he arrived and won the Premier League with the club. If Guardiola would have won the Champions League with City, he would have gotten this award because no other manager has done that.
Klopp thoroughly deserved this award. Thinking about how we were in the Europa League when he first came to Liverpool, to now, where we are Champions of Europe and possible title contenders is a mass improvement. He won us our first major bit of silverware in fourteen years.
So sorry Danny, but Klopp deserved this award for putting Liverpool back on the map.