Jordan Henderson's reaction to his naming as FWA footballer of the year


Jordan Henderson was awarded the Football Writers Association's Footballer of the Year prize for 2020 days after lifting the Premier League trophy

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Henderson led Liverpool to their nineteenth top-flight English League title this season playing an integral role in the club's success from the heart of midfield.

The Liverpool captain also spearheaded the #playerstogether initiative during the coronavirus lockdown which saw players team up with NHS Charities Together to raise money for the NHS.

Together with an excellent Premier League campaign, the 30-year-old was voted player of the year by the country's football writers.

He claimed the award, following in the footsteps of Liverpool icons Kenny Dalglish and Steven Gerrard, ahead of a number of other contenders, most notably Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne.

After receiving the award Henderson told reporters: "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.

"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.

"The players who've started the most games for us this season have been as good as they have been because of our culture and our environment at Melwood.

"No one individual is responsible for that - it's a collective effort and that's how I view accepting this honour.

"I accept it on behalf of this whole squad, because without them I'm not in a position to be receiving this honour. These lads have made me a better player - a better leader and a better person.

"If anything I hope those who voted for me did so partly to recognise the entire team's contribution.

"Individual awards are nice and they are special and I will cherish this one."But an individual award without the collective achievement wouldn't mean anywhere as much to me - if anything at all."

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