Liverpool star shocked to win player of the month award

Philippe Coutinho did not expect this award from Liverpool...

Philippe Coutinho has admitted his surprise at being voted Liverpool’s player of the month for August.

The Brazilian finished top of the voting ahead of summer signings Joe Gomez and Nathaniel Clyne, who clinched second and third place.

Coutinho scored Liverpool’s dramatic late winner as the Reds beat Stoke City in their Premier League opener last month and also started against Bournemouth, Arsenal and West Ham United.

He was, however, sent off during the 3-0 loss to West Ham at Anfield after picking up two yellow cards.

And the 23-year-old playmaker conceded that he did not expect to be voted as the Merseyside outfit’s top performer during the opening weeks of the campaign.

Upon receiving his award, Coutinho told Liverpool’s website: “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.”

Liverpool take on Norwich City at Anfield in their next Premier League game on Sunday afternoon as they look to return to winning ways after their 3-1 loss to Manchester United last weekend.

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