Jurgen Klopp revealed he is now a member of Juan Mata’s charity Common Goal after he won the award for Best Men’s Coach at FIFA The Best Awards in Milan on Monday evening.
The Liverpool manager beat Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino of Tottenham to the prize after his side won the Champions League and recorded a tally of 97 points in coming second in the Premier League last season.
Klopp was gracious in victory and thanked a number of people before offering his commiserations to Pochettino, who was present at the ceremony.
“What can I say, I have to say thank you to a lot of people obviously,” said Klopp in his speech.
“Nobody would have expected this 20 years ago, five years ago, four years ago.
“Mauricio, I won that game (the Champions League final), that’s why I’m here not you. That’s just how football is.
“I have to say thank you to my outstanding club Liverpool FC. Whoever doesn’t love it, has no heart.
“I have to thank my team. As a coach, you can only be as good as your team. I’m really proud of being a manager of an incredible bunch.”
“I don’t understand 100% individual prizes. But I get it, I am here for a lot of people.”
Klopp finished by taking the opportunity to announce his support of the Common Goal project, which was launched by Mata two years ago and encourages players and coaches to pledge at least one percent of their salaries to a fund that supports football charities all over the world.
He added: “We are all here on the really good side of life. There are people out there who do not have the same situation. From today on I am a member of the Common Goal family. If you don’t know it, Google it.”