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Liverpool’s Player of the Month: April

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It’s time to vote on Liverpool’s Player of the Month for April, and it’s a pair of players few would have tabbed to start the season—Joe Allen and Divock Origi—at the top of the list.

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Eight games and some heavy rotation between weekend and mid-week matches in April means that, in total, 17 different players finished in the top five in post-match voting amongst Liverpool Offside readers in the month of April. Despite that, there appears to be a clear, albeit unlikely, frontrunner for Player of the Month honours: Joe Allen.

The diminutive Welsh midfielder stepped up following injuries to Jordan Henderson and Emre Can and as a result was the only player to earn more than 20 points, with five points awarded for being named Man of the Match through to a single point for finishing fifth in post-match voting. Allen earned 21 in total, including two Man of the Match awards.

Next best was Divock Origi, and it’s almost certain the young Belgian would have ended up with more if an injury hadn’t sidelined him. He earned 15 points, including two Man of the Match awards. Daniel Sturridge was close behind with 14. Dejan Lovren (11), James Milner and Mamadou Sakho (10), and Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana (8) round things out.

Last month, Philippe Coutinho narrowly defeated Roberto Firmino to take his first Player of the Month award of the season. Before that, Firmino had won two in a row for January and February. Dejan Lovren was the winner in December, Lucas Leiva in November, Mamadou Sakho in October, Danny Ings in September, and Nathaniel Clyne in August.