Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp has been awarded manager of the year while Marco Reus won the player of the year award. Both had a fantastic campaign last season with their respective clubs and were handed the prestigious German awards.
Voted for by the German Sports Journalist Association, the awards are given to the best-performing German manager and player over the previous campaign.
Kicker confirmed that Klopp had picked up his third Manager of the Year award, picking up an impressive 183 of the 537 votes after guiding Liverpool to Champions League glory.
The former Borussia Dortmund manager now equals Felix Magath who also won the award three times.
He did well ahead of his counterpart, Fortuna Dusseldorf’s Friedhelm Funkel and Eintracht Frankfurt’s Adi Hutter but did not forget to acknowledge their tremendous work at their respective clubs.
“I thank you very much for this great award. Of course, I know who I owe this success to my team and my coaching team”, Klopp added.
Marco Reus on the other hand bagged the player of the year award. Reus scored 23 goals and made 13 assists in all competition for Borussia Dortmund last season.
He picked up the award ahead of second place Kai Havertz who was impressive for Bayern Leverkusen and third place Bayern Munich defender Joshua Kimmich.
The Association of German sports Journalists, in association with Kicker, a football magazine, gave 150 out of 540 votes to Marco Reus, and that was enough to put him in front.
“It is difficult to come back after a serious injury such as my cruciate ligament rupture in 2017 and become Player of the Year, which makes me proud and shows that I have taken a good path after my injury,” Reus added.
He also gave credit to the medical team at Dortmund for been there when he had been struggling with injuries that have threatened his career.
It didn’t end there as Lyon Femenin star Dzsenifer Marozsan got her hands on Women’s Player of the Year award for the third season in a row, and the 27-year-old showered praise on the medical staff who helped her recover from a serious illness at the start of the season.