The Best award: Klopp to battle Zidane, Flick, 2 others for prize

The Best award: Klopp to battle Zidane, Flick, 2 others for prize

- The Best award has seen top five managers shortlisted for the prestigious prize

- Marcelo Bielsa, Hans-Dieter Flick, and Jurgen Klopp are in the hot chase for the prize

- While Julen Lopetegui and Zinedine Zidane complete the list of coaches in the race

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Jurgen Klopp has been named in the five-man shortlist for this year's FIFA The Best Awards after guiding Liverpool to their first-ever Premier League title in over three decades.

Not only did the Reds lifted the trophy at the end of the season, but they also won in style after gapping second-place Manchester City with a staggering 18 points.

And this is coming a year after winning their sixth UEFA Champions League trophy for the first time since 2005.

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The German-born tactician's prowess has seen him named among the managers befitting for the annual award recognising excellence in their field.

The Best award: Jurgen Klopp to battle Zidane, Flick 2 others for prestigious prize
The Best award: Jurgen Klopp and Zinedine Zidane during the Champions League final in 2018. Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC.
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Klopp will, however, contend for the prestigious prize with four other coaches who were also superb in the outgoing year.

Other managers in this category are Marcelo Bielsa, Hans-Dieter Flick, Julen Lopetegui and Zinedine Zidane .

The 65-year-old became Leeds United boss in 2018 and barely two years in charge, he led them back to the Premier League after winning the 2019-20 EFL Championship title.

Flick was excellent with his Bayern Munich team after leading them to win five trophies in the year under review both domestically and on the continent.

They were crowned Champions League winners after they already won the German League title as well as the DFB-Pokal and the German Supercup.

The Bavarians crowned the year with another stunning UEFA Super Cup triumph which took their tally to five trophies in the year 2020.

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Julen Lopetegui was discharged unceremoniously by Real Madrid in 2018 but managed to pick up his career back a year after and led Sevilla to Europa League triumph last season

While Zinedine Zidane won his second Spanish League title at the end of the 2019 2020 season - beating rivals Barcelona to the prize.

Klopp won the award last year and he is one of the favourites to win this year's edition based on the work he has put into his Liverpool team after he joined them about five years back.

Meanwhile, earlier reported that Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has been named as the Premier League manager of the month for September.

The 61-year-old Italian manager has turned Toffees to one of the best sides so far this season since he took over.

David Moyes was the last Everton manager who was named best Premier League coach of the month and that was in March 2013.

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