Since Premier League action returns in April, the manager and player of the month nominations for March have been announced today. Georginio Wijnaldum, Mamadou Sakho, and Jürgen Klopp all deservedly feature heading into the final two months of the season.
Wijnaldum has been in fine form in his three appearances this month, scoring the third goal against Arsenal to secure all three points and poking home the equaliser at home to Burnley to set up a much-needed win. The midfielder also played a key role in the 1-1 draw with Manchester City at the Etihad. Whether it's home or away against illustrious or modest opponents, the 26-year-old has made an impact.
Mamadou Sakho started his first league game for Crystal Palace at the end of February in the 1-0 home win against Middlesbrough. Two games this month have provided two wins and two clean sheets as the on-loan Liverpool defender has unsurprisingly looked majestic in defence. Leadership, reliability, and quality in defence for a club trying to pull away from the relegation zone. Sam Allardyce may want to sit at a comfortable restaurant, have a chat with some important people, and get this deal done.
Romelu Lukaku, Josh King, Nathan Redmond, Arthur Boruc, and Josh King complete the nominations. No Liverpool player has won the award this season, and that may continue considering King and Lukaku appear to be favourites after their goalscoring runs this month. The pair have each scored four goals in three games in an impressive month of Premier League action.
Jürgen Klopp is in contention for the manager of the month award and is up against Sam Allardyce, Craig Shakespeare, Eddie Howe, Mauricio Pochettino, and Antonio Conte. Klopp and Howe have both managed an extra league game this month, winning two and drawing one. Liverpool needed a good month after a horribly inconsistent and disappointing 2017, but seven points from a possible nine from Arsenal, Burnley, and Manchester City may have got the Reds back on track.