Liverpool player of the month - April

Morning all and welcome to this month's LBN POTM award. It's VVD again right? good that was an easy article to write. Have a great day y'all. Okay, ok, I will list some more candidates and actually this month, I think it might be the closest fought contest so far, also with a number of potential winners. So, without further ado let's take a look at the candidates.


First out the blocks it has to really be Virgil van Dijk. He may have just won the PFA Player of the Year award but as an avid reader and fan of The Liver Bird Nest, Virgil will no doubt be on tenter hooks waiting to find out whether he's done enough to win our much more prestigious accolade.

In April we won each of the six games we played, keeping four clean sheets in the process and only conceding a solitary goal in the other two. That is pretty good going and as ever Virgil played a massive part. Only the game against Cardiff did that rarest of events occur, that being VVD making a small number of errors. Still as a measure of just how good he is we kept a clean sheet regardless and there cannot be any question that our Dutch Colossus is once again a strong candidate for POTM. Add that Virgil picked up a goal and an assist in April and his case becomes stronger still.

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Next up another defender, this time our Scottish power house, Andy Robertson. It must be an absolute nightmare for opposing teams to face Robertoson because he never stops running and that is not running of the headless chicken variety but focused, in the right place at the right time, about thirty seconds before you will be, type running. There is no weakness in his game either, passing, tackling, aerial play, crossing, you name it and Andy excels at it. Consistently as well. A vital part of us keeping the aforementioned clean sheets this month and also added another two assists to his tally. Very difficult to choose between Andy and Virgil this month.

Before assessing our midfield candidates, I'd like to give honourable mentions to both Joel Matip and Trent Alexander-Arnold. Both have been very good for us in April. Joel in particular. TAA is a little inconsistent still which is to be expected at his age. I firmly believe though that before long he will become every bit as dependable as his counterpart Robbo. He definitely has the raw talent and ability to go a very long way.

Matip has been superb, more or less universally our preferred choice to partner VVD at the heart of defence now. Sublime forward passing that's been crucial to driving our team forward, starting our attacks and he is also rock solid defensively. Reads the game very well too. If it wasn't for the fact he was rested a couple of times in April I'd be including him as one of my top picks for April's POTM.

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In considering our players further up the pitch, I was going to appraise the central and attacking midfield as a whole but in the interests of keeping this article at least a little shorter than an Encyclopedia Britannica, I have decided to focus on my pick of the bunch, that being our quiet man, Naby Keita.

It's more than possible emotion is playing a part here because I am just happy to see Naby happy and finally looking settled in our squad. Make no mistake though, this month he has been anything but quiet - his football has spoken volumes. Volumes that have been turned all the way to eleven and vitally important to us winning matches. Naby didn't play in the second leg of our quarter final Champions League tie with Porto but having scored in the first leg he'd already made a significant contribution to us progressing to the semi's. He also scored in two of our four Premier League games this month and significantly in my view, Naby scored the first goal in each of those fixtures.

Mane and Salah have been brilliant this month, as too have other players such as Henderson but for finding match winning form just when we really needed it, Naby is my midfield pick for POTM. Overall I have yet to decide where to place my vote and am going to read everyone's thoughts first to see which way I am swayed. Maybe someone will suggest Mignolet and my choice will be clear. So what do you think folks, who has been our best player this month?

LBN POTM awards to date: Virgil van-Dijk x 3, Xherdan Shaqiri x 1, Mane x 2.

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