A loss to Sevilla in the Europa League final is a difficult way end to the season for Liverpool, but for all the hurt of it, there was a lot of good in the run to the final. There was good in some of the league performances and a deep run in the League Cup. And we begin to sort through that good by looking back at Liverpool’s six games in May and choosing a player of the month.
Last month, Divock Origi was named player of the month by Liverpool Offside readers. He joined Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Dejan Lovren, Lucas Leiva, Mamadou Sakho, Danny Ings, and Nathaniel Clyne as previous winners of the honour. Only Firmino, named player of the month for both January and February, took top honours twice. He also finished second in voting in March.
This month, Firmino will again be favoured to finish high up the voting, as he leads all contenders in points earned in man of the match voting. Due to heavy rotation between weekend and mid-week games, the overall point totals are low—with five points awarded for being named man of the match through to one for coming in fifth—but it’s Firmino leading the way on that front with ten.
Close on his heels are Sheyi Ojo, mid-week hero Joe Allen, and Kolo Toure. Ojo never topped voting but earned nine points, while Allen and Toure earned eight. Allen was voted man of the match for his in a 2-0 victory over Watford, and Toure for trying to hold things together against Sevilla. Firmino earned man of the match honours for his role in the 3-0 demolition of Villarreal in the Europa League.
Rounding things out this month are Nathaniel Clyne and Christian Benteke (seven points), and Lucas Leiva (six points). Once the results for May are in, we will move on to naming Liverpool’s player of the season for the 2015-16 campaign.