The moment Jurgen Klopp pulls Ferguson into his photograph to celebrate winning Manager of the Year

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The brilliant moment Jurgen Klopp pulls Sir Alex Ferguson into his photograph while celebrating winning Manager of the Year trophy … after Manchester United legend hilariously admitted handing Liverpool boss the gong was ‘absolute agony’

  • Jurgen Klopp was crowned Premier League Manager of the Season on Tuesday
  • Ferguson handed Klopp the trophy before moving away from photographers
  • The Liverpool boss quickly beckoned Ferguson to join him in the pictures
  • The moment has gone viral on Twitter as fans applaud the respect between them

A heartwarming moment of mutual respect between Jurgen Klopp and Sir Alex Ferguson has gone viral after the Liverpool boss was presented with the Manager of the Year award on Tuesday.

Although Liverpool missed out on the Premier League trophy to Manchester City on Sunday, the League Managers Association recognized Klopp’s incredible campaign with the Reds by handing him the ultimate managerial accolade.

As Manchester United legend Ferguson presented the award – which is named after himself – he stepped aside to allow Klopp a photograph alongside England manager Gareth Southgate – but the German quickly grabbed Ferguson and pulled him back into an embrace and to be included in the photographs.

Sir Alex Ferguson initially walked away to allow Jurgen Klopp a picture with Gareth Southgate

But the German quickly reached out to grab the former Manchester United manager

But the German quickly reached out to grab the former Manchester United manager

Jurgen Klopp beckoned him back to join the photograph alongside the England boss

Jurgen Klopp beckoned him back to join the photograph alongside the England boss

The trio posed for the picture as Jurgen Klopp and Sir Alex Ferguson shared a warm embrace

The trio posed for the picture as Jurgen Klopp and Sir Alex Ferguson shared a warm embrace

Ferguson could not help but smile at Klopp’s cheekiness and the moment sparked a brilliant reaction on Twitter as fans admired the mutual respect shown between both great managers, despite them being figureheads of the fierce rivalry between Manchester United and Liverpool.

One Liverpool supporter more than understood Klopp’s sentiments, writing: ‘Genius recognises genius. Much as it pained me as a Liverpool fan to say it, Fergie was an absolute genius. Huge respect to Sir Alex. ‘

Another described the pair as ‘the legendary managers of the two greatest English clubs’.

Fans on Twitter were warmed by Jurgen Klopp wanting Sir Alex Ferguson in his photograph

Fans on Twitter were warmed by Jurgen Klopp wanting Sir Alex Ferguson in his photograph

Before handing the Liverpool boss the trophy, Ferguson joked: ‘This is agony, absolute agony!

‘I told him 12 years ago to go to a club with history. I should have told him to go to Scunthorpe United. ‘

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Yet, despite the ex-United chief’s light-hearted quip, Klopp still wanted to be associated with him, having held a long-standing admiration for his achievements at Old Trafford.

At least the United and Liverpool fans can agree on the greatness of Klopp and Ferguson

At least the United and Liverpool fans can agree on the greatness of Klopp and Ferguson

Speaking on stage in London after receiving his LMA award, Klopp said: ‘It is a great honor 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 not the best outcome for us, but we are already over it.

Klopp has won the League Managers' Association Premier League Manager of the Year

Klopp has won the League Managers’ Association Premier League Manager of the Year

Klopp lead Liverpool to FA Cup glory earlier this month in a dramatic season at Anfield

Klopp lead Liverpool to FA Cup glory earlier this month in a dramatic season at Anfield

‘When you win a prize like this you are either a genius or you have the best coaching staff in the world – and I am here with all of my coaching staff, they know how much I appreciate them.’

Despite his individual success, Klopp is determined to add the Champions League trophy to Liverpool’s cabinet on Saturday after the crucial final against Real Madrid.

He said: ‘I do not believe in individual prizes in football in general, it is a team sport and I would be nothing without these boys there.

‘It is all about what we can do together and what we did together.’

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