Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana has been awarded the Standard Chartered Player of the Month award for December.
Lallana made a much-anticipated return from injury at the start of the month and despite his first appearance coming from the bench against Bournemouth – a match his side lost – the Englishman went on to highlight his importance to Jürgen Klopp’s side, as well as his improved form this season, scoring four goals and laying on two, as Liverpool recorded a draw and four wins.
Upon receiving his award at Melwood, Lallana was in a typical selfless mood, as he told the club’s official website,“My teammates have contributed massively. Whoever wins the award, it’s nice for them to win it – but it’s always on behalf of the team.
“If you go through the whole team, everyone has put shifts in. We’ve had a couple of injuries as well, so everyone has needed to step up to the plate.
“With Sadio going away now, hopefully, we can get Phil back fit, everyone can chip in and we can hopefully have another good month.”
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A tangible piece of proof of his hot run of form this season, the Standard Chartered Player of the Month award is Lallana’s second of the season after the number 20 won his first in September.
Indeed, he owes a great deal of credit to his teammates. Liverpool’s success thus far has been based on a strong team spirit that reflects both on the pitch and off it and Lallana looked back on a busy December for the Reds before casting his eye to what the near future holds in store for Klopp’s men.
He continued, “I think things went well for the team during the month – and obviously we’d have loved to have got the three points against Sunderland, too.
“But if you reverse that result with the City one and we win in the second game, then I think you take it and you’re more positive.
“As a whole, the Christmas period was probably good for us, even though other teams around us won as well. Now we’ve got another big month coming up against some big teams, so we’ve got to keep looking forward and keep improving.
“We’ve got the FA Cup this Sunday, which everyone is looking forward to – we love the FA Cup. We’re in the semis of the League Cup and then obviously United away is a tasty fixture to look forward to.”
Reds fans will surely also be looking forward to seeing their English playmaker remain on top of his game and should that come with victories in the aforementioned matches, they will enjoy looking back on what they now hope will be another successful month.