Adam Lallana, Sadio Mané, and Philippe Coutinho. So far, Liverpool’s player of the month winners this season have all come from the attack. And with the side having scored a league-leading 32 goals, it’s hardly a surprise that they are the ones winning all the plaudits.
They could finally be joined by a defender for November, though with the month only seeing the club play three league games and one in the EFL Cup—with a heavily changed lineup—there isn’t as much to go on as some months when it comes to Man of the Match voting.
In November, only three players managed to crack the top five in post-match voting on more than one occasion. With five points awarded for being named Man of the Match through to one point for coming fifth, Joël Matip earned seven points and Dejan Lovren earned eight.
Lovren got there by earning second place in voting against both Sunderland and Southampton. He narrowly edged Joël Matip in total points, but Matip’s case rests on being named Man of the Match against Southampton and cracking the top five on two other occasions.
As far as league performances go, they seem the frontrunners. However, they aren’t points leaders. That honour goes to Divock Origi, who won Man of the Match against Leeds in the EFL Cup and against Sunderland for the way he completely changed the match when he came on.
Voters will have to decide. Origi netted ten points and two Man of the Match awards. But they came in the EFL Cup and for a game-changing late appearance. Over the three league games, Lovren and Matip were the leaders. Who now is November’s Player of the Month?