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Jurgen Klopp has been voted as the best manager in the world right now

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The 2018/19 campaign gave us one of the most pulsating Premier League title races we've seen in years. 

When Liverpool and Manchester City met at the Etihad back in January, the Reds had the chance to go 10 points clear. 

As it transpired, it was Pep Guardiola's men who came out on top on that night, setting off an incredible run of form that saw the reigning champions drop just three points for the rest of the season. 

For many football fans, that confirmed the Catalan's status as the greatest coach in the world right now.

However, there's certainly a debate to be had given some of the managerial talent around. 

Jurgen Klopp has transformed Liverpool since taking over in October 2015 and has led the club to back-to-back Champions League finals. 

Meanwhile, Mauricio Pochettino has taken Tottenham from a top-six side into an outfit which has challenged for titles and like Klopp, the Argentine is just 90 minutes away from the greatest prize in club football. 

To try and settle the matter, GiveMeSport conducted a poll to allow fans to have their say on who really can be considered the greatest in the world at this present moment in time. 

The first semi-final pitted Guardiola against Atletico Madrid's Diego Simeone, Pochettino and Ajax's Erik ten Hag. It was the City boss who came out on top with 68%. 

Semi-final two saw Klopp triumph with a landslide 82% over Real Madrid's Zinedine Zidane, Juventus' Massimiliano Allegri, and Chelsea's Maurizio Sarri. 

Klopp on top 

That left the Premier League's top two going head-to-head for the final. And once again, there was a clear winner: 

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Guardiola has revolutionised football over the past decade or so, spearheading arguably the finest side the world has ever seen at Barcelona. 

The 48-year-old then enjoyed a successful spell with Bayern Munich before creating history with City's centurions and a year later, winning the title all over again. 

Yet it's easy to see why Klopp is getting the vote of so many supporters. Liverpool's tally of 97 points would have won them the trophy in all but one Premier League season. 

The former Borussia Dortmund boss has also developed some of the finest young players around, the progress of Trent Alexander-Arnold being testament to the fact that he doesn't necessarily need to spend money to achieve big things. 

Regardless, it's a debate that's likely to rage on well into next season - especially if Guardiola and Klopp go toe-to-toe once again. 

Is Klopp the best manager in the world? Have your say in the comments. 

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