January wasn’t a stellar month for Liverpool, who remain firmly mid-table, closer to Everton in 12th then they are to Tottenham in fourth. Yet with the club still involved in four competitions and earning a trip to Wembley with a penalty shoot-out victory over Stoke City in the League Cup, there have been some clear achievements for the fans to point to.
Now we want to know who you think Liverpool’s best performer was in January. Following an early injury, it won’t be the December winner, Dejan Lovren. Beyond that, though, it’s the most wide open vote of the season, as wholesale changes for the FA Cup mean 18 players earned points in post-match voting in January, with five points for being named Man of the Match through to one for finishing fifth.
Only four players managed to rack up more than ten points, though—and that with Liverpool playing nine times in January. Joe Allen is your surprise leader in post-match voting, earning a total of 15 points last month. He’s followed by youngster Brad Smith, who was voted Man of the Match twice and earned 13 points, and Roberto Firmino and Joao Carlos Teixeira, who both earned 12 points.
Firmino is the clear leader amongst regular first team players, while the other three all made their marks as manager Jürgen Klopp rotated heavily in the cups. Voting is rounded out this month by Kolo Toure and Sheyi Ojo, who both earned eight points. Cameron Brannagan, Jon Flanagan, Simon Mignolet, Jordan Henderson, Mamadou Sakho, and Lucas Leiva just miss the cut with 7 points each.
In addition to Lovren’s win for December, past winners of Player of the Month this season have been Lucas Leiva, Mamadou Sakho, Danny Ings, and Nathaniel Clyne.