Apr 11, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT
It was certainly a marvelous March for Liverpool, as the Reds propelled themselves towards a first English league title in 24-years.
Their terrific form hasn’t gone unnoticed, as the Premier League awarded a hat trick of accolades to the Merseyside club on Friday. Manager Brendan Rodgers scooped the Manager of the Month award for March, while star duo Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez were jointly awarded the Player of the Month trophy.
Liverpool won all five games in March, as Rodgers has now led his team to nine-straight wins with Gerrard and Suarez the architects behind the Reds’ mastery. Back-to-back 3-0 wins against Southampton and Manchester United started the month in style, before crucial victories over Cardiff City, Sunderland and West ham followed.
Gerrard scored four times, while Suarez netted a hat trick away at Cardiff and added three more for good measure. In fairness, these wards were nailed on as the Reds continue to surge towards a hugely unexpected PL title this season.
Speaking to Liverpool’s website, Rodgers accepted his award on behalf of the staff at the club, and hoped he’d be picking up the award for April too.
“Of course, it’s recognition of the great work that has gone on in the team, which is to win games,” Rodgers said. “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!”
Suarez was delighted to win the award alongside Gerrard, but insisted that his captain took home the trophy.
“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,” Suarez said. “It’s important because in the last few games, he’s scored important goals. All of the players have tried their best on the pitch and if you have a really good team and squad on the pitch, you have a chance.”
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