Philippe Coutinho and Jurgen Klopp among Player and Manager of the Month candidates for October

Seven Premier League stars have been nominated including three from Chelsea, who won all four games without conceding during the month

main-coutinho-hazard-heaton-costa-allen-kante-gundoganLiverpool star Philippe Coutinho and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard lead the list of seven candidates for the Premier League Player of the Month award for October.

Belgian winger Hazard is one of three Blues players up for the award, after a return to form for Antonio Conte’s men.

The 2015 Player of the Year has been rejuvenated since the Blues moved to a 3-4-3 formation, and played a key part as they won all four league games during the month, scoring three goals.

He is joined on the list by teammates Diego Costa – who also scored three times – and midfielder N’Golo Kante, who has played a vital role as Chelsea went through the month without conceding a league goal.

Liverpool playmaker Coutinho is nominated after impressing during the Reds unbeaten month.

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Jurgen Klopp’s men took 10 points from their four matches, with Coutinho scoring once and claiming two assists, while playing a starring role in victories over both West Brom and Tottenham.

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Former Reds midfielder Joe Allen is also listed, after scoring as many goals in the last month (three) as he has during the previous two years.

The Welsh international has thrived in an advanced role for Mark Hughes’ men, and also claimed two assists as the Potters recorded three straight wins.

Ilkay Gundogan made his long-awaited Manchester City debut in September and has emerged as an important cog in Pep Guardiola’s new system at the Etihad.

But he came into his own in October, completing 90 minutes in three successive matches and netting twice and making another in the 4-0 win at West Brom. He also created nine chances for teammates.

Burnley keeper Tom Heaton completes the list, after making 31 saves during the month, including 11 during the shutout of Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Antonio Conte leads the Manager of the Month nominees, after leading Chelsea to four wins in four.

Stoke chief Mark Hughes, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger and Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp are also up for the award, after all led their sides to unbeaten months.

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