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Monday, 3 December, 2001, 15:12 GMT
Liverpool duo scoop awards
Danny Murphy, Steven Gerrard, John Arne Riise
Murphy (left) has been part of the Red revival
Liverpool assistant manager Phil Thompson and midfielder Danny Murphy have collected November's Premiership awards, according to the club's official website.

Thompson collected the award for manager of the month after taking his side to the top of the Premiership, while Murphy's impressive form wins the player of the month prize.

The midfielder won his first England cap in November and has been in brilliant form this season.


Phil Thompson and the backroom staff have been brilliant
Gerard Houllier
"It is fantastic for Danny and he thoroughly deserves it for some of the performances he has put in," said Thompson.

Thompson has not lost a Premiership game since deputising for manager Gerard Houllier.

He took over from the Frenchman during the second half of the Premiership game against Leeds on 13 October.

Since then, Thompson has guided the side to five Premiership wins and one draw as well as gaining qualification into the second phase of the Champions League.

Houllier has been impressed with the job Thompson has done since he took charge of team affairs.

"Phil and the backroom staff have been brilliant," said Houllier.

"Phil's loyalty is beyond question, and he has joined the backroom staff in carrying on the qualities and development we had all been putting in place together.

"He has done a tremendous job, along with the team behind the team - men like Jacques Crevoisier, Sammy Lee, Joe Corrigan and all the other staff."

Thompson immediately dedicated his award to Houllier, who made a rare public appearance at the presentation of the award at Liverpool's training ground.

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