Philippe Coutinho was today named the Standard Chartered Liverpool Player of the Month for January to ensure he retained the trophy.

Having collected the award in December, the Brazilian picked up where he left off in the New Year and earned the right to keep hold of the prize following a fans' vote on this website.

Overall, it's the third time in 2014-15 Coutinho has scooped the Player of the Month trophy, and the fifth in total since he joined the club from Inter Milan in January 2013.

The 22-year-old started all eight games for Liverpool in January, scoring one goal - a crucial last-gasp winner in the FA Cup tie at Bolton Wanderers.

He also committed his long-term future to the Reds by signing a new contract.

Upon receiving the prize in a special presentation at Melwood, Coutinho told "It means a lot to me. As I have said before, it will give me confidence on the field. I am very happy and thank all supporters who have voted."

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Coutinho's form throughout January earned many plaudits, including a glowing tribute from manager Brendan Rodgers, who described his displays as 'top level'.

The man himself, however, is eager to direct any such praise towards his teammates.

"I think I have been working a lot, but I prefer to talk about the team," he explained. "I think the team has been playing well and that is important for Liverpool.

"I work with my teammates and, of course, I always want do a good job and improve, but I think the team has been playing well. I am happy to hear that [praise], but I think when the team plays well it is good for everyone.

"I always work hard, but of course there are always things to improve and one of them is to score more goals. I have been working on that and in my position that is important. That is something I should improve.

"I thank all the supporters who have voted for me. It makes more confident and I hope I can pay them back." 

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