Sadio Mané, Philippe Coutinho, and Mohamed Salah. Liverpool’s player of the month winners for August, September, and October respectively. And for November, we’re expecting a comfortable win that gives one of them the honours for a second time—and there really are no prizes for guessing which of the trio it is.
That’s because Salah has scored eight goals in six games this month, nearly half of the 17 Liverpool have scored as a team. So our expectation is for this to be something of a coronation this month. Still, at the end of the day it’s up to TLO readers to make the final call, so let’s break down the options for November PotM honours.
With five points for earning Man of the Match honours in post-match voting through to one point for coming fifth, Mohamed Salah earned a TLO record 27 points in November as he was named Man of the Match in five of the six outings. Against Sevilla, the only game he didn’t score in, he came fourth in post-match voting.
In any other month, Roberto Frimino’s impressive month would stand out: he got Man of the Match the one time Salah didn’t and finished in the top five every time he played, earning 15 points. Meanwhile, Sadio Mané earned a solid 14 points. This month, though, it really is about Salah and then everybody else.
Rounding things out in the everybody else category (mostly because you can’t have a vote without people to vote on), Joe Gomez was next best as a solid month earned the youngster 10 points. With Salah—and to a lesser extent Mané and Firmino—dominating voting, though, there wasn’t much left for anyone after him.
That leaves Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with five points, and James Milner and Trent Alexander-Arnold with four apiece, to round out voting. Which should see Salah winning in a landslide, with the only real question then being what order the next three—Firmino, Mané, and Gomez—finish in.