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Klopp leads double glory for Liverpool

Top honour: Jurgen Klopp
Top honour: Jurgen Klopp

By Lewis Samuel

Liverpool secured a double at the Best Fifa awards in Milan last night as Jurgen Klopp claimed the Coach of the Year and Alisson won the men's Goalkeeper Award.

The Reds, though, failed to make it a hat-trick as defender Virgil van Dijk was beaten by Barcelona's Lionel Messi to the Men's Player of the Year Award.

It is a record sixth time that the Argentina star has been named Fifa's Best Player and comes after a 2018-19 season in which he scored 51 club goals.

The Women's Player Award went to US forward Megan Rapinoe, who was joint-top scorer and won the Golden Ball for best player at the World Cup.

The Fair Play Award went to Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa and his squad. Last season, in a home clash with Aston Villa, Bielsa told his players to allow an equaliser after Leeds had taken the lead after they had refused to kick the ball out for a Villa injury.

The result ended Leeds' hopes of automatic promotion to the Premier League.

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