Georginio Wijnaldum has been awarded the Standard Chartered Player of the Month award for January, after winning Liverpool fans’ votes in a poll on the club’s official website.
The Reds midfielder picked up the award for the first time since joining the club from Newcastle United last summer. Wijnaldum has since netted three goals for Liverpool, the last of which came in their recent Anfield clash against Premier League leaders Chelsea, a game that ended an individually impressive January for the Dutchman.
Work-rate first and creativity second has been the way Wijnaldum has consistently gone about it under Jürgen Klopp, with this award shining a light upon a player whose contribution has, at times, been overlooked this season.
After receiving his accolade at Melwood yesterday, Liverpool’s number 5 said, “It means a lot to me, of course.
“It’s always good for a player if you can win this kind of thing because you feel the fans like you and gives you a good feeling when they vote for you.”
Wijnaldum’s award represents a bright moment in what has otherwise been a very gloomy period for his side. Liverpool currently sit fifth in the Premier League after suffering a long fall from the grace of challenging league leaders Chelsea in second last month. The Anfield faithful’s silverware hopes also took a hit in the first month of the year, with respective defeats in the EFL and FA Cup in the same week knocking them out of the running for a return to Wembley Stadium.
Therefore, collective improvement has – despite sounding like an understatement – been an imperative task and Player of the Month Wijnaldum stands with that, as he says he will use his accolade as motivation to keep performing better than his best.
“This will give me a boost to do even better than my best, to win more of these awards,” he told Liverpoolfc.com. “But the most important thing is the team start winning games again and try to play football how we did before.”
Up next for Klopp’s side is another big Anfield hosting of Tottenham Hotspur, where ‘Gini’ will again be looking to work his magic, as will his teammates to earn what would feel like a drought-ending win for the home crowd.