Liverpool’s official website revealed that Philippe Coutinho was voted by fans as the Player of the Month for April after rekindling the form which made him so dangerous earlier this season.
It is the second time the Brazilian has won the prize this season, beating Simon Mignolet and fellow compatriot Roberto Firmino to the award. Four goals and an assist have seen the number 10 rekindle enough form to help Liverpool on their way to a Champions League berth.
Coutinho won a poll on Liverpool’s official website with 37% percent of supporters voting for him as the Player of the Month. Mignolet came second with 31% and Firmino in third with 18%.
As can be expected from Coutinho, the former Inter Milan midfielder was very humble upon being presented with the award.
“I am very happy, as always, to win this award,” he told Liverpoolfc.com. “It’s always a source of happiness to win a prize like this because it is recognition of my work. I hope to carry on helping my team with good performances.
Despite contributing directly to five goals in six games during April, Coutinho believes he can do better than he has.
“I always try to improve myself,” he continued. “As I’ve always said, I am always trying to get better and better.
“Looking back, I think I could have done better at times because my mind thinks in this way and I always want more and more and more from myself. It was a very good month, but we still have three games left. I hope to contribute, to help the team and give my best.”
Coutinho’s best moment in April was his superb goal against Everton which effectively won the Merseyside derby for Liverpool. After deftly evading Idrissa Gueye, the Brazilian cut inside and placed a trademark curler into the top corner to send Anfield into rapture.
“Of course, that goal I scored was a beautiful goal,” Coutinho admitted. “A very important goal against Everton. To score in a derby is always a huge pleasure and important.
“I am well aware a goal against Everton is a reason for a lot of happiness! It was a good goal!”
Jürgen Klopp is hoping that Coutinho will return to training today or tomorrow to be within a chance of starting against Southampton on Sunday. Liverpool needs Coutinho to beat the Saints and supporters will be praying he recovers from his dead leg in time.