December is usually the busiest month on the football calendar in England, but Liverpool took it to extreme levels in 2019. It wasn’t just that they played nine matches in 26 days, they also had to face teams from England, Austria, Mexico and Brazil in games spread across Europe and Asia.
Thirty-nine players were named in match day squads for the Reds, with 33 of them making it onto the pitch. Six featured in every match bar the Aston Villa school trip in the Carabao Cup: Andy Robertson (677 minutes played), Jordan Henderson (670), Trent Alexander-Arnold (629), Joe Gomez (614), Roberto Firmino (557) and James Milner (403). In arguably the most testing month of his Liverpool tenure, these were the men who bore the brunt of what Jürgen Klopp demands from his team.
However, only one of that sextet featured in the aggregate top seven players of our post-match polls for December, once the total of 7,847 votes had been tallied up. And the man in question topped the table, be that either by total votes won or by average per appearance. It’s time for another tippy-toes dance, Jordan, you’re our player of the month.
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