Jurgen Klopp gets one over on Zinedine Zidane – and Pep Guardiola

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been named best manager in the world in a survey of Bundesliga players.

German publication Kicker quizzed 248 players from all 18 top-flight sides with Klopp seeing off Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola in the race for top spot.

Klopp claimed 35.7 per cent of the vote in comparison to 31.1 per cent for Guardiola.

The other nearest challenges were Bayern Munich’s Jupp Heynckes and Zinedine Zidane, who resigned as Real Madrid manager earlier on Thursday. They each took 10.9 per cent of the vote, report the Liverpool Echo.

Guardiola’s personal views are also aired in the survey.

The two managers were rivals when they managed Bayern and Borussia Dortmund respectively and, in December 2016, the 47-year-old Spaniard admitted Klopp is the best manager in the world for spectators, saying: "He creates teams to attack the back four.

“I learned a lot in Germany the first time I played his team. I was new and it was ‘wow’, what a good lesson.”

Klopp has been lauded for his exciting brand of football and this season has seen his Liverpool side take teams apart at will.

But the German is still yet to claim his first silverware at Anfield, having overseen the Champions League final defeat to Real in Kiev.

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