Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp has won the Premier League’s manager of the month award for September and Jordan Henderson won the award for goal of the month.
The German received the award on Friday after an impressive run of form last month saw his side record victories over Leicester City, Chelsea and Hull. The Reds carried out plenty of Klopp’s philosophies as a manager, blitzing past teams with pace, aggression and an especially keen eye for goal.
This form has placed Liverpool in fourth place in the league table and just two points behind leaders Manchester City, earning Klopp and his team plenty of plaudits that are personified by the managers’ award itself.
After receiving the award, Klopp was grateful but keen to shine a light on his coaching staff as well as his players. He said, according to Liverpool’s official website, “I went into the office of my coaches and said ‘we are Manager of the Month!’
“It’s better than not being in the race. In September we obviously had a few results and performances that were not too bad. But actually, I don’t need personal prizes. It’s nice, but I prefer collecting points to personal prizes.
“I was convinced about the potential of my boys and I don’t know where it could lead us to.”
Like Klopp, nobody may know exactly where the potential of the Reds could lead them to this season but many have been speculating about the prospect of a first league title in over 25 years. Typical of the Liverpool boss, Klopp has taken such talk with a grain of salt and although he acknowledges his team’s good form, he is wary of the challenges that lie ahead.
“We are in a good way, but there are so many good teams in this league and so many difficult games for us, really great challenges for us that we have to be ready for.
“I’m fine with the moment but we have to play a few more games. Hopefully, we perform well.”
Klopp wasn’t the only man to receive a Premier League award in the Liverpool team, though, as captain Jordan Henderson was awarded the goal of the month accolade for his stunning strike in his side’s 2-1 win away to Chelsea.
Either way, Klopp’s first manager of the month award only symbolizes progress and he will have fans and experts to thank for voting for him.
However, complacency is not a trait associated with the German so expect him to put the trophy in his office quickly, before continuing on his ruthless hunt for success.
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