Liverpool win two awards at Sports Personality of the Year as Klopp honoured

Liverpool's remarkable achievements in 2020 were recognised with two awards during the BBC's Sports Personality show.

The Reds were crowned Premier League champions in late June and went on to win the top flight by a remarkable margin of 18 points, having failed to win only six of 38 matches.

Jurgen Klopp was the mastermind behind the triumph and led his side to match numerous records throughout the campaign, including the most wins (32) and most home wins (18) in a season.

The Liverpool boss was present to receive the Coach of the Year award on Sunday night, while his title-winning side received the Team of the Year accolade.

Accepting the award, Klopp said: "When the coach of the Team of the Year becomes the Coach of the Year then I had an outstanding team on the pitch obviously.

"Hendo (Jordan Henderson) nearly mentioned all of them, but my coaching staff is obviously the main reason why all the things worked the way they work, so I'm really happy.

"Usually you win a prize as a football coach, this time obviously all my contenders were from all different kind of sports and I never before won something like that. It's really nice.

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"On behalf of my coaches, I accept it obviously and take it home to Liverpool. Thank you very much."

The award is Klopp's second within the space of a week, adding to his Best FIFA Men's Coach prize on Thursday.

The German was delighted his squad was also recognised as the Team of the Year, saying: "I think my team deserves it honestly because they did an incredible job.

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"It's a mix of talent, character, desire and plus the power of the club, which is really a big one. That all comes together, so we could become champion and it was a great moment, to be honest."

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson – who finished second to Lewis Hamilton in the Sports Personality of the Year voting – added: "It means a lot to the team.

"Looking from the inside, the lads deserve it because of how hard they work every single day, wanting to improve, push each other to succeed.

"But I'd also like to mention the team that you won't see on the pitch, which I think needs a special mention because they do everything behind the scenes for us to go and perform. The likes of the medical team, fitness team, grounds staff, kitchen staff, security.

"Everybody at the training ground do everything every single day for us to go and play football to the best of our ability on the pitch. Without them, we wouldn't have been successful in the last few years."

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