25 July 2020 02:40
Sir Kenny Dalglish presented Jordan Henderson with the Premier League trophy on Wednesday Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has won the Football Writers' Association Men's Footballer of the Year award. The 30-year-old midfielder, who led Liverpool to their first league title in 30 years this season, received more than a quarter of the votes. "As grateful as I am I don't feel like I can accept this on my own," he said. Liverpool team-mates Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane, Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne and Manchester United's Marcus Rashford also finished in the top five. On Wednesday Henderson, who is recovering from a knee injury, received the Premier League trophy from Reds legend Sir Kenny Dalglish at a near-empty Anfield.
Henderson added: "I accept [the award] on behalf of this whole squad, because without them I'm not in a position to be receiving this honour. Arsenal and Netherlands striker Vivianne Miedema was named the Football Writers' Association Women's Footballer of Year earlier this month. There were times early in Jordan Henderson's Liverpool career, when the team were stuttering and his own performances fell short of expectations, when occasionally the harsh words would cut deep. For the Premier League-winning captain and the new Footballer of the Year, your opinions are his strength. Speaking after receiving his award from the Football Writers' Association, another trophy to add to his bulging cabinet, Henderson admitted that the path to glory had been anything but smooth.
The midfielder, who lifted the Reds' first title for 30 years on Wednesday, was the outright winner ahead of Kevin De Bruyne. He has skippered Liverpool to their first Premier League crown this season with Jurgen Klopp's side 18 points ahead of Manchester City before Sunday's final game at Newcastle Henderson also spearheaded the #playerstogether initiative during the coronavirus lockdown which saw players team up with NHS Charities Together to raise money for the NHS. Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson lifted the Premier League trophy on Wednesday. He said: "I'd like to say how appreciative I am of the support of those who voted for me and the Football Writers' Association in general. "You only have to look at the past winners of it, a number of whom I've been blessed to play with here at Liverpool, like Stevie (Steven Gerrard), Luis (Suarez) and Mo (Mohamed Salah) to know how prestigious it is.
Reflecting on his win, Henderson said: "I'd like to say how appreciative I am of the support of those who voted for me and the Football Writers' Association in general. "You only have to look at the past winners of it, a number of whom I've been blessed to play with here at Liverpool, like Stevie (Gerrard), Luis (Suarez) and Mo (Salah) to know how prestigious it is. "I don't feel like anything I've achieved this season or in fact during my whole career has been done on my own. Henderson's contribution to Liverpool's success has been recognised by football writers across the country Henderson became the first Liverpool captain to lift the Premier League trophy, as they ended a 30-year wait for a top-flight title. It has been a standout year for club and country for the 30-year-old, as Henderson captained Liverpool to the Champions League title in 2019, while the club also claimed the Club World Cup in December. He was also named the England national team's Player of the Year in January 2020. Henderson has registered four goals and five assists in a league campaign in which Liverpool have only tasted defeat on three occasions and his instrumental contribution has been recognised by football writers across the country. Ten other players received votes from FWA members including last year's winner Raheem Sterling, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Sergio Aguero, Adama Traore, Danny Ings, Jack Grealish, James Maddison and Jonny Evans. Henderson joins Arsenal's Vivianne Miedema, who was named the FWA Women's Footballer of the Year earlier this month. The Footballer of the Year trophy has been awarded since 1948 when Sir Stanley Matthews was its first recipient. Klopp: 'Exceptional' Henderson fully deserves award Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Henderson deserves the individual accolade after captaining the club to their first league title in 30 years. Jurgen Klopp says Henderson deserves to be named FWA Footballer of the Year after an 'exceptional' season for Liverpool With all the things that people said about him in the past, before I came, I don't know what it was exactly… but he made his way and it is absolutely deserved. "Yes there are other players that have an exceptional season, 100 per cent, but if you want to have a guy who really fought his way through… it is absolutely deserved. "One of the best players in the league and this year everybody acknowledged that. At 30, having added a Premier League title to the Champions League trophy he lifted in June, he is emerging as one of the most decorated captains in Liverpool's recent history. Jordan Henderson, more than any other player, has been the driving force behind their success. Henderson is now FWA Footballer of the Year and his importance to Liverpool is universally acknowledged. Jack Whitehall was left eating a slice of humble pie after Jordan Henderson was named the Football Writers Association's Player of the Year and it's all down to an old joke he made about him. Henderson's award win came a night after he and his Liverpool teammates lifted the Premier League trophy at Anfield and Whitehall revisited a jibe he had at the Sunderland -born midfielder when Reds legend Steven Gerrard appeared on hit Sky show A League of their Own.