Wenger drops by Liverpool training to present Best FIFA Men's awards

Arsene Wenger is a surprise visitor at Liverpool training as he drops by to present Best FIFA Men’s awards from 2020 to Klopp, Alisson, van Dijk, Thiago and Alexander-Arnold – and enjoys a catch up with his ex-Arsenal player Oxlade-Chamberlain

  • Arsene Wenger paid a surprise visit to Liverpool’s Kirkby base on Tuesday
  • The ex-Arsenal manager was there to hand out FIFA’s Best awards from 2020 
  • Jurgen Klopp was crowned the best coach during last year’s virtual ceremony
  • Alisson, van Dijk, Thiago and Alexander-Arnold were all named in the World XI
  • Wenger chatted to Klopp during the session and caught up with a familiar face 

Arsene Wenger dropped by Liverpool’s training ground to present Jurgen Klopp, Alisson, Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Thiago their trophies from the Best FIFA Men’s awards from 2020 on Tuesday.

The former Arsenal boss, who now serves as FIFA’s chief of global football development, watched Liverpool’s training session alongside Klopp ahead of their huge match with Chelsea at the weekend after handing out the awards.

Klopp was seen in deep conversation with the ex-manager Wenger throughout the session. 

Arsene Wenger is seen deep in conversation with Jurgen Klopp during his visit to Liverpool training

Klopp (3rd from left), Virgil van Dijk (2nd left), Trent Alexander-Arnold (left), Alisson (2nd from right) and Thiago (right) pose with Wenger and their Best FIFA Men’s awards from 2020

Familiar face: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain catches up with his old Arsenal boss on Tuesday

Wenger posed for a picture with Klopp and the four other Liverpool winners and was also seen shaking hands with one of his former Arsenal players in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Klopp and Co were chosen for awards at the virtual ceremony back in December last year.


Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Ramos, Davies; Kimmich, De Bruyne, Thiago; Messi, Lewandowski, Ronaldo

Liverpool boss Klopp was named the Best FIFA Men’s Coach for a second year in the row after beating off competition from Marcelo Bielsa and the then Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick.

Liverpool stars Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, van Dijk and Thiago didn’t win any individual honours but all won places in the FIFA FIFPRO Men’s World XI.

On Tuesday, Fabinho returned to Liverpool training, having been on compassionate leave due to the death of his father. 

The midfielder watched from the sidelines as Liverpool ran out comfortable winners but is now back in contention to play Chelsea.

Oxlade-Chamberlain – who also missed the Burnley win due to the birth of his first child – and Andy Robertson were also seen back on the training ground at Kirkby on Tuesday and will likely return to the squad for the Chelsea match.

Meanwhile, Robertson has signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool to extend his stay at Anfield until 2026.

The left-back follows van Dijk, Alisson, Fabinho and Alexander-Arnold in signing new contracts.

Klopp chatted with Wenger throughout his side’s training session on Tuesday

The former Arsenal manager is seen speaking with the Liverpool winners at their Kirkby base

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