Fans have left fuming that Pep Guardiola was "robbed" after Jurgen Klopp was named the Premier League Manager of the Season at the League Managers' Association awards.
Guardiola led Manchester City to their fourth Premier League title in five years with a dramatic win over Aston Villa on Sunday. City pipped Klopp's Liverpool to the title by just a point, with a draw against Tottenham a fortnight ago ultimately sinking the Reds' hopes.
Despite Guardiola's remarkable success, which saw City win 29 games, scoring 99 goals in the process, he still lost out to Klopp. The German picked up his second manager of the year award in three years, though many fans suggested his title rival was more deserving.
"Pep robbed," one fan fumed. Another promoted several other candidates over the Reds boss, saying: "He got this for coming second place. Pep, Howe, Moyes and Thomas Frank all deserved it over him."
A third added: "I can obviously see the argument of him or Guardiola for whichever of them won the league, but to give it to the runner up is very odd!" While another was firminly on Guardiola's side: "Pep real winner in my book."
A fifth said: "Why tho? Why not the one who won the league, Liverpool always getting favours." Another questioned the level of Liverpool's achievements this term: "I mean..how? For finishing 2nd and drawing 2 cup finals 0-0? Finishing 2nd with Liverpool really isn’t that big of an achievement surely? Guardiola won the league."
A final supporter concluded: "Yes he's still on for a treble but its Premier League manager of the year, meaning which manager made the biggest impact this season, Pep Guardiola won the league. Klopp doesn't deserve it."
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Klopp was left delighted to have won the award, though it was a bittersweet feeling having missed out on the title. And the Reds boss pointed to his coaching staff as being the secret behind his success.
"It is a great honour and it was an insane season. The last matchday when only two games were meaningless and, in the rest, we all played for absolutely everything. It was a bit nervy, it wasn't the best outcome for us, but we are already over it," he said.
"And when you win a prize like this you are either a genius, or you have the best coaching staff in the world – I am here with four of my coaching staff, and they know how much I appreciate them."
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