Jurgen Klopp on shortlist for FIFA coach of the year 2016

Jurgen Klopp is in the running to be named FIFA’s coach of the year for 2016.

The Liverpool boss is on a 10-man shortlist for the award, with nominations selected by football experts from the FIFA Football Committee.

That shortlist will be trimmed to the final three, with Klopp going up against the likes of Claudio Ranieri, Mauricio Pochettino and Chris Coleman in the voting, which opens on Friday.

Klopp guided Liverpool to two cup finals this year, though the Reds were eventually beaten in both. They lost the League Cup on penalties to Manchester City at Wembley in February, and succumbed to Sevilla in the Europa League final in Basel in May.


His impact since taking over at Anfield has been recognised, though, with Liverpool having made a strong start to the new Premier League campaign.

Ranieri and Pochettino, first and third in last season’s table respectively, are also shortlisted, while Coleman is recognised for taking Wales to the semi finals of Euro 2016.

Fernando Santos, whose Portugal side won that tournament, is also on the list, along with Zinedine Zidane, Luis Enrique, Diego Simeone, Pep Guardiola and Didier Deschamps.

Voting opened on Friday, with details on how to vote posted on www.fifa.com.

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