Jordan Henderson (Getty Pictures)
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has been named the
Soccer Writers’ Affiliation (FWA) Footballer of the Yr.
The midfielder, who lifted the Reds’ first title for 30
years on Wednesday, was the outright winner forward of Kevin De Bruyne.
He has skippered Liverpool to their first Premier League
crown this season with Jurgen Klopp’s aspect 18 factors forward of Manchester Metropolis
earlier than Sunday’s closing sport at Newcastle
Henderson additionally spearheaded the #playerstogether initiative
in the course of the coronavirus lockdown which noticed gamers group up with NHS Charities
Collectively to lift cash for the NHS.
He mentioned: “I would prefer to say how appreciative I’m of the
assist of those that voted for me and the Soccer Writers’ Affiliation in
“You solely have to have a look at the previous winners of it, a
variety of whom I have been blessed to play with right here at Liverpool, like Stevie
(Steven Gerrard), Luis (Suarez) and Mo (Mohamed Salah) to know the way prestigious
“However as grateful as I’m, I do not really feel like I can
settle for this alone. I do not really feel like something I’ve achieved this season or
in actual fact throughout my complete profession has been finished alone.
“I owe loads to so many various individuals – however none
extra so than my present team-mates – who’ve simply been unimaginable and deserve
this each bit as a lot as I do.
“We have solely achieved what we have achieved as a result of each
single member of our squad has been sensible and never simply in matches. Not simply
in producing the moments that make the headlines and the again pages however each
day in coaching.
“The gamers who’ve began probably the most video games for us this
season have been nearly as good as they’ve been due to our tradition and our
surroundings at Melwood. Nobody particular person is answerable for that – it is a
collective effort and that is how I view accepting this honour.
“I settle for it on behalf of this complete squad, as a result of
with out them I am not able to be receiving this honour. These lads have
made me a greater participant – a greater chief and a greater particular person.
“If something, I hope those that voted for me did so
partly to recognise your entire group’s contribution.
“Particular person awards are good and they’re particular, and I
will cherish this one. However a person award with out the collective
achievement would not imply anyplace as a lot to me – if something in any respect.”
In addition to the highest 5 of Henderson De Bruyne, Marcus
Rashford, Virgil Van Dijk and Sadio Mane, 10 different gamers acquired votes from
Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alisson Becker, Raheem Sterling,
Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Sergio Aguero, Adama Traore, Danny Ings, Jack Grealish,
James Maddison and Jonny Evans have been all nominated.
FWA chair Carrie Brown mentioned: “Management is intangible
and sometimes unquantifiable until it’s inarguable. Jordan Henderson is each the
final skilled and now a bona fide Liverpool legend.
“Jordan is a participant his team-mates look to on the pitch
and who his rivals look as much as off it.
“The voting standards for the Soccer Writers’
Affiliation Footballer of the Yr is one who leads by principle and instance and
on this nation’s darkest second, Jordan, unprompted, personally rallied membership
captains to determine #PlayersTogether.
“He’s a really worthy winner of our award.”
The Footballer of the Yr trophy has been awarded since
1948 when Sir Stanley Matthews was its first recipient.
– TEAMtalk media