EFT POTM for November: Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)
Steven Gerrard has been immense since the debacle of the England non-qualification for Euro2008 with his form, passing, running, direction and goals since the no-score draw at Ewood Park, through the matches of Besiktas, Fulham, Newcastle and Porto for the month of November. This was quite essential in raising Liverpool's profile in Europe and at home, with a stronger position on both levels than initially. Gerrard has had to bounce back from the aforementioned debacle for himself and Liverpool and hopefully internationally, particularly with the England players responsible being booed at their very first domestic game after.
Usually a write-up for POTM comes earlier but due to circumstances it is now that one gets to supply it, and it's a coincidence. Yesterday Gerrard help move Liverpool into the knock-out stage of the Champions League competition with a thorough 0-4 win against Marseille at the Stade Velodrome. Immediately from the kick-off he was challenged, if you wish to call it that, by Mamadou Niang which badly jarred his right knee. Minutes later Gerrard went on the surging run that brought Liverpool's first with a penalty.