11 Jan 2019
PREMIER LEAGUE MANAGER OF THE MONTH: JURGEN KLOPP
Liverpool celebrated a December awards double as Jurgen Klopp was named the Barclays Manager of the Month and Virgil van Dijk won the EA SPORT Player of the Month prize.
Klopp won the award for the second time, having claimed it in September 2016, after guiding his side to victory in all of their seven Premier League matches, with a league-high 22 goals scored and only three conceded.
"It’s nice, the icing on the cake,” said Klopp. "It was a very successful but difficult month.
"Each game felt like the most important one of the season. It was unbelievable. The intensity was massive but that’s what made it a special month."
As to what prompted the 100 per cent record over seven matches, Klopp was grateful to the support from his staff.
"One hundred per cent teamwork. I know a few things about football but my best skill is to bring really good people together.
"I lead that group, that’s true, and I have to make final decisions but I can only make good decisions if the informations I get are brilliant.
"With the group I have here, if you can mix up the potential of the group with the best attitude you can get and you get quality. That’s what we did in December."
Votes from the public were combined with those of a panel of football experts to decide the winner, as the German saw off competition from Nuno Espirito Santo, Manuel Pellegrini, Mauricio Pochettino and Maurizio Sarri.
Van Dijk claimed the EA SPORTS award for the first time. Indeed, he is the first defender to be named Player of the Month since Jan Vertonghen in March 2013.
Votes from the public were combined with those of the 20 club captains and a panel of football experts.
Van Dijk was chosen ahead of fellow nominees Felipe Anderson, Eden Hazard, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Mohamed Salah and Son Heung-Min.
Source: Premier League