Philippe Coutinho today scooped the first Liverpool Standard Chartered Player of the Month award of 2015-16.
Coutinho finished ahead of summer signings Joe Gomez and Nathaniel Clyne, who clinched second and third place respectively.
He began the campaign in stunning fashion, firing home a dramatic late winner on the season’s opening day at Stoke City.
Coutinho was also selected to start the games that followed against Bournemouth, Arsenal and West Ham United, though he picked up a red card against the Hammers having collected two bookings.
After being presented with the award at Melwood this afternoon, the 23-year-old said: “Thank you. I didn’t really expect to win the award, to be fair.
“I was just focusing on playing football and doing our job on the pitch. It felt nice when I learned I had won the award.
“Every time is like the first as it’s a recognition that comes from our supporters, and that makes me more and more confident and joyful to play and do things well.
“As I said on a few occasions, I’d rather focus on the squad than on myself.
“We had a good start and then we had some issues and a few difficult matches. It’s still only the beginning, though, and we know where we can improve and what we’re capable of.
“As for my red card, I was upset that it happened and that I couldn’t play our last game – but now we’re past this and have to move on and look ahead.”