Liverpool’s Diogo Jota wins Premier League Player of the Month award for January

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Liverpool forward Diogo Jota has been named the Premier League’s Player of the Month for January 2024.

The Portuguese international receives the award for the first time in his career after scoring three goals and two assists in only three appearances, inspiring Liverpool to a perfect three wins from as many matches.

After recovering from injury at the end of December, the Portuguese came off the bench to provide an assist in a 4-2 win over Newcastle United on New Year’s Day, before scoring a brace and setting up another goal as the Reds emphatically beat Bournemouth 4-0.

He then scored in a 4-1 victory against Chelsea for his fifth goal involvement of the month, the most of any Premier League player, helping Liverpool remain at the top of the table ahead of Manchester City and Arsenal.

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Jota topped a six-man shortlist that also included Elijah Adebayo, Kevin De Bruyne, Gabriel Magalhaes, Richarlison and team-mate Conor Bradley.

He was the second Liverpool player to win the award this season, following on from Mohamed Salah’s success in October.

Jota won after the public’s votes on the EA SPORTS website were combined with those of a panel of football experts.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp also won the Barclays Manager of the Month award for January 2024.

The Liverpool boss claims the accolade for the 10th time in his career, and the first since May 2021. 

It means only three managers in Premier League history have won the award more times than Klopp, who moves level with West Ham United manager David Moyes.

Klopp topped a four-man shortlist that included Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta, Luton Town’s Rob Edwards and Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola.

2023/24 Premier Player of the Month award winners

August: James Maddison (Spurs)

September: Son Heung-min (Spurs)

October: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

November: Harry Maguire (Man Utd)

December: Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth)

2023/24 Premier League Manager of the month award winners

August: Ange Postecoglou (Spurs)

September: Ange Postecoglou (Spurs)

October: Ange Postecoglou (Spurs)

November: Erik ten Hag (Man Utd)

December: Unai Emery (Aston Villa)

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