Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has dedicated his Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year award to those who have helped him along the way in his career.
The 30-year-old beat off the likes of Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne, teammates Sadio Mane and Mo Salah, as well as Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford, to be handed the accolade.
Henderson said he doesn’t feel as though anything he has achieved as an individual merits the honour but he is thankful for the recognition for the role he has played this season:
“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.”
“But as grateful as I am I don’t feel like I can accept this on my own. I don’t feel like anything I’ve achieved this season or in fact during my whole career has been done on my own.”
“I owe a lot to so many different people – but none more so than my current team-mates – who have just been incredible and deserve this every bit as much as I do.”
“We’ve only achieved what we’ve achieved because every single member of our squad has been brilliant. And not just in matches. Not just in producing the moments that make the headlines and the back pages but every day in training.”
As always with Henderson, even after being handed an individual award, he still manages to credit everyone else who has given him a helping hand in his career.
The Reds captain has come a long way from the boy that signed from Sunderland in 2011. He has transformed his image among Liverpool supporters, and rivals fans alike. He is fully deserving of the prize.