MADE 4 LIVERPOOL PLAYER OF THE MONTH – JANUARY
January saw Liverpool contest six matches, with the Reds winning four, and drawing two. Mané, Salah and Keita departed for AFCON after the first game but the team managed to navigate their way around the two cup competitions and the league. We look at which players scored the highest average rating.
5. Virgil Van Dijk – avg. rating (6.6)
The Dutch captain had a bit of a ropey month but gets in because most of the squad didn’t meet the quota of playing more than half the games available. Virgil opened the scoring against Palace and enjoyed his best outing of the month at home to Brentford where he kept Toney under wraps.
He was given a number of problems by Saka’s direct running at Anfield before looking a yard off the pace at times at Palace. It didn’t help that Matip (who has been solid all season) also struggled that day.
4. Trent Alexander-Arnold – avg. rating (6.8)
The 23 year old enjoyed a strong end to the month after a bout with Covid. He ended the month with the most assists in the squad (4) and would have scored a higher average but for that below par showing at home to Arsenal where he looked to still be suffering the ill effects of Covid.
He provided an assist for Salah at Chelsea in the first game of the month before providing a crucial one for Fabinho to open the scoring against Brentford on the stroke of halftime. His brace of assists at the Emirates was his highlight of the month.
3. Curtis Jones – avg. rating (6.9)
The young Scouser recovered from an eye injury and a bout of Covid to return against Shrewsbury. A solid performance from him was backed up by a strong showing off the bench against Arsenal where he registered the Reds’ only shot on target in the game.
That saw him break up the problematic triumvirate of Fabinho, Henderson and Milner. The 21 year old’s performances gave the side a better balance in midfield, with his showing at the Emirates particularly impressive. There’s still room for improvement as we saw at Palace but he can only get better.
2. Fabinho – avg. rating (6.9)
The Brazilian morphed into a goalscoring machine last month to guide the team through a potentially sticky period without Mané and Salah. He scored 4 goals in the 5 games after the Africans departed. A goal return Salah would be proud of.
He was available for every single game too, in a month where injuries and Covid saw several players miss matches. He was immense against Shrewsbury, Brentford and at the Emirates where a perfectly timed challenge on Martinelli saved a certain goal.
1. Andy Robertson – avg. rating (7.3)
The Scottish captain returned to the side against Shrewsbury after serving suspension for his sending off at Spurs. He offered a constant threat down the left all month with his non-stop running. He’s another who stood up tall in the absence of the two main forwards.
He tallied three assists last month, with two finding Ox at the back post as he developed a quick understanding with the Englishman. His sumptuous delivery also saw Virgil open the scoring at Palace, not to mention his expert shackling of Saka at the Emirates. An excellent month all round.
Highest rated individual performances of the month:
° Andy Robertson vs Arsenal – A (9.5/10)
° Diogo Jota vs Arsenal – A (9.5/10)
Made4Liverpool 21/22 Player of the Month:
August – Matip & Van Dijk
September – Salah
October – Salah
November – Alexander-Arnold
December – Alexander-Arnold
January – Robertson
*Average ratings are calculated from the player ratings posted at the end of every match on this site. Players must have played more than half the number of games in the month under review.