Have your say on the Liverpool Player of the Month throughout a disappointing September, with Jack Lusby presenting your five options.
Liverpool September Form Guide: L – W – L – W – D
Brendan Rodgers will look back at his side’s September as a disappointing failure to gain a grip on the Premier League’s top four, with losses in what would be considered easier fixtures than those to come.
Liverpool began the month with a 1-0 loss to Paul Lambert’s defensively solid at Anfield, and September also saw another Premier League defeat, 3-1 away to West Ham United, and an ultimately dispiriting 1-1 draw at home to Everton in this season’s first Merseyside Derby.
Elsewhere, the Reds scraped wins in two cup competitions, with a 2-1 victory over PFC Ludogorets Razgrad at Anfield in the side’s first Champions League encounter for five years, whilst the side endured a 28-kick penalty shootout away to Middlesbrough in an eventual 14-13 Capital One Cup win.
Despite this, we’re asking you for your Liverpool Player of the Month for September, with our five options below—who gets your vote?
Named Liverpool’s new vice-captain midway through September, Jordan Henderson outlined his importance to Rodgers’ side with a series of consistently impressive performances last month.
The Reds’ best player in nearly every game last month, Henderson is an obvious choice for your Player of the Month.
Not least did Henderson dominate throughout the Merseyside Derby, with an omnipresent display in the 1-1 draw with Everton; the midfielder was solid in the challenge, providing ample cover for midfield partner Steven Gerrard, and also set the pace with some incisive passing play.
What’s more, Henderson translated this to the Champions League stage against Ludogorets in an imperious outing—another facet to the midfielder’s consistency.
Teenage forward Raheem Sterling, in the absence of Daniel Sturridge, has become Rodgers’ go-to attacking option, with the majority of Liverpool’s forward play going through the Englishman.
Sterling gave the Reds hope with a sensational half-volley against West Ham, showing supreme technique, and the 19-year-old’s intelligent movement tore apart the Everton defence in September’s last encounter.
Likely a regular outing in any Liverpool Player of the Month vote this season, Sterling has proved his vitality with the injury to Sturridge; Mario Balotelli may have been expected to step up, but it is the impossibly composed Sterling that has provided the pivotal contribution.
After announcing himself to the Liverpool faithful with an incredible solo goal away to Spurs at the end of August, Spanish left-back Alberto Moreno has continued his fine form throughout September.
At just 22 years old, Moreno is already a highly developed all-round full-back; a phenomenal last-ditch sliding challenge at one end of the pitch, followed by a penetrating forward burst against Ludogorets an example of the Spaniard’s ability at both ends of the pitch.
It was Moreno’s cross, a sign of the youngster’s attacking persistence, that provided Balotelli with the opportunity to notch his first Reds goal in that Champions League victory.
Liverpool finally have a proper left-back once more.
Moreno’s compatriot and fellow summer signing, Javier Manquillo, hasn’t quite shone as brightly as the former Sevilla man, but it is in the 20-year-old’s consistent performances that praise are earned.
A solid defensive option, Manquillo can only count one performance as one to forget this month, after being substituted on 22 minutes with the Reds already two down against West Ham—arguably, however, the full-back was unlucky to be withdrawn.
Over the stretch of September, Manquillo has also developed his attacking game with increasing confidence, and it was a bursting run in stoppage time that earned Liverpool their winning penalty at home to Ludogorets in the Champions League.
Such is the form of the young Spaniard throughout September that a returning Glen Johnson should remain on the sidelines once he returns from injury.
Reds captain Gerrard has come under immense criticism towards the end of this month, with a poor performance against West Ham underlining the 34-year-old’s need for a rest between weekend fixtures.
However, prior to the loss at the Boleyn Ground, Gerrard dragged Liverpool over the line with a well taken late penalty against Ludogorets; at home to the Bulgarian side, Gerrard offered a glimpse of the European champion of old with a dominant display.
Furthermore, an excellent curled free-kick would have sealed all three points against Everton in the recent Merseyside Derby were it not for Jagielka’s stunning equaliser.
Despite this criticism, Gerrard has proved his worth to Rodgers once more in September.
Who does your vote for Liverpool Player of the Month for September go to? Let us know in the comments below.