It’s been awards galore today for Liverpool football club ahead of their must-win game against Premier League title rivals Manchester City this Sunday.
Club captain and midfielder Steven Gerrard and 29-goal striker Luis Suarez have been named joint Barclays Premier League player of the month for March.
It is a momentous achievement for the pair as it is the norm that every month only one player receives this prestigious award and it’s only the sixth time in Premier League history that two players have received this award. The number six is noteworthy in particular for Reds stalwart Gerrard as this is the sixth time in his professional career that he has been named player of the month. Suarez is keen on Gerrard to take home the award, saying the following;
"This prize is more important for Stevie. I spoke with him about what we're going to do with one prize because we've both won player of the month - but it's for him for all he's done in his career.” This shows a great deal of sportsman ship from the Uruguayan, the Premier League’s top goalscorer this season despite missing the first five games through suspension.
Northern Irishman Rodgers had the following to say about his two players receiving this award; “For the two guys, it is great reward for their efforts. Luis has been incredible in that period, with his goalscoring and relentless work-rate.
"And Stevie, I'm really pleased for him; people might have looked at Stevie this season as a swansong season leading into the World Cup. But I never felt that at all. “It's great to see him out there enjoying his football and picking up rewards along the way."
Meanwhile boss Rodgers has also been recognised for his outstanding work at the club by being named Barclays Premier League manager of the month for March. This is the second time of the current campaign that Rodgers has received this honour, the first coming in August. Recognising his award he stated;
"Of course, it's recognition of the great work that has gone on in the team, which is to win games. "But I don't pick it up as an individual really. "It's an award that I collect on behalf of my staff here, who work tirelessly every day in order to allow us to perform. I pick it up on behalf of the players, because without them - and their hunger and their determination and quality - you don't win games. "It's a real collective effort. I receive it, of course, with great thanks, and hopefully we can pick up April's - that would be a good finish for us!"
It comes as relatively little surprise that Liverpool are being recognised for their superb form in March, they convincingly defeated Cardiff City, Southampton, Sunderland and Tottenham Hotspur, not to mention the 3-0 win against long-time rivals Manchester United 3-0 at Old Trafford, a game in which both Suarez and Gerrard scored. Winning all five of these fixtures in dominating fashion is the reason for their impressive rise to the summit of the Premier League.
Their most recent win this season came on Sunday against West Ham when they won 2-1. This win put them two points clear of nearest challengers Chelsea in the race for the title.
Liverpool will be hoping their good form continues when they welcome fellow Premier League title challengers Manchester City to Anfield this Sunday, which has became a fortress this season, winning 14 of their 16 games played at home in the current Premier League campaign. The winner of the match on Sunday surely will have the advantage in the title race coming into the last few weeks of the season.
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