Liverpool’s September slump carried over into October and reached its nadir with a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Tottenham. Still, it wasn’t all bad, as to either side of that poor result was a seven goal hammering of Maribor and a clean sheet victory against Huddersfield, lending fans at least a sliver of hope to carry into November.
On the whole, though, October was more bad than good, which makes choosing Player of the Month a bit of a difficult task—just like the month before, when Philippe Coutinho edged Mohamed Salah for the prize and in so doing joining August winner Sadio Mané. For our October poll, though, a repeat winner looks to be unlikely.
That’s mostly due to the fact that Mohamed Salah was named Man of the Match by Liverpool Offside readers in three of the five games in October, earning 15 points in the process. Still, there’s a slim chance at a repeat due to the fact Coutinho finished second in voting for the month with 11 points—but he’s clearly not the favourite.
With five points handed out for winning the post-match poll through to one point for finishing in fifth, last month’s top vote-getters are rounded out by Joe Gomez, Alberto Moreno, and Roberto Firmino, all of whom scored eight points in total across the month, and then Gini Wijnaldum with five points to show for October.
For Moreno, his inclusion is noteworthy as it means he joins Salah and Coutinho as one of the three players to make it as a Player of the Month finalist for both September and October. Salah, despite not winning—yet, at least—is the only player who has been a finalist every month so far this season.
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