English Premier League, 11th January 2019
Winning the Premier League Manager of the Month award represents the ‘icing on the cake’ of a fruitful December for Jürgen Klopp.
Liverpool’s boss received the accolade on Friday having led his side to victory in all seven of their top-flight matches throughout last month.
The Reds scored 22 times and conceded just three during those games, with that impressive record leading Klopp to describe December as ‘special’.
“It’s nice, the icing on the cake,” he said, upon being presented with the prize.
“It was a very successful but difficult month. Each game felt like the most important one of the season. It was unbelievable. The intensity was massive but that’s what made it a special month.”
Klopp also saluted the efforts of his backroom team without whom, he insisted, such success would not be possible.
“One hundred per cent teamwork. I know a few things about football but my best skill is to bring really good people together,” he continued.
“I lead that group, that’s true, and I have to make final decisions but I can only make good decisions if the information I get is brilliant.
“With the group I have here, if you can mix up the potential of the group with the best attitude you can get and you get quality. That’s what we did in December.”