James McCarthy says he is delighted to be recognised with September’s Player of the Month award and is now aiming to kick on after returning from a spell on the sidelines.
The 23-year-old played in all five of the Blues’ games last month – one of which saw McCarthy make his Europa League debut in the impressive 4-1 win over Wolfsburg.
Speaking after being awarded with the monthly accolade, the midfielder told evertontv: “It’s obviously a big thing to get Player of the Month. We’ve had a sticky enough start - we wanted to get more points on the board but unfortunately results haven’t gone on our way.
“But now we’re looking to kick on – it was a big win at the weekend and we hope to kick-start the season from here.”
The Republic of Ireland international also spoke of his relief at being back in action during the Blues’ 3-0 win over Aston Villa after missing two games with a hamstring complaint.
“I tore my hamstring, so I was delighted to get back out there,” he added.
“I was delighted to get through the 90 minutes as well – it was a tough game but fortunately I got through it and there’s been no reaction so far.
“It was frustrating because, rather than just watching the boys, you want to be out there to help and do as much as you can to try and affect the score and affect the game.
“It’s always frustrating to be injured but I’m just delighted to be back and involved with the squad.”
The event, held at the Hilton Liverpool, was sponsored by Williams BMW. For more information on the Club's Player of the Month lunches, click here