BERLIN: Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has become the first recipient of a German-British friendship award for his services to German-British relations.

The award, established by the British Chamber of Commerce in Germany (BCCG) and the British Embassy in Berlin, ​​honours the commitment and dedication to the special relationship and friendship between the two countries.

Klopp said: “I am very happy and honoured to receive this award, which I am accepting on behalf of all Germans living in the UK.

“I fell in love with Britain when I was 18 years old travelling through the countryside with an interrail pass. Today I feel very happy to live in England with my family and if I can help building bridges between our two nations then I am more than happy to do so.

“We have amazing people on both sides of the channel, and we need to keep working closely together.”

Alex Altmann, a partner at London based accounting firm Blick Rothenberg and a Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce in Germany, said: “Jürgen Klopp is a shining example of what the people of our two countries can achieve together. Jürgen has excited, inspired, and connected people across Britain and Germany and has achieved outstanding results.

“Brexit requires the UK and Germany to renew their special relationship. Economic and cultural development is only possible if people can move freely and take up opportunities.”

The award ceremony featured in a gala at the home of Borussia Dortmund, Klopp’s former club. The 300 guests included Jill Gallard, the British Ambassador.