Jordan Henderson responds to Footballer of the Year award by honouring Liverpool teammates

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Jordan Henderson honoured his Liverpool teammates after being named FWA Footballer of the Year.

The Reds skipper, 30, was confirmed as the football writers’ choice on Friday morning, after leading the Merseyside club to its first English title in 30 years.

Henderson was the outright winner, voted by the country’s football writers, ahead of Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne.

Henderson also spearheaded the #playerstogether initiative during the coronavirus lockdown – which saw players from all clubs team up with NHS Charities Together to raise money for the NHS.

The England midfielder has matured at Anfield and developed into a key component of Jurgen Klopp’s side – who sit 18 points clear of second place heading into Sunday’s final game at Newcastle.

But Henderson, who insists that everything he has achieved in his career is not merely down to himseld, is quick to pay tribute to his teammates: “They deserve this every bit as much as I do.”

“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 teammates – 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.”

Henderson has now lifted the Premier League, Champions League, World Club Cup and UEFA Super Cup over the past 14 months.

His individual accolade represents the remarkable rise of a player whom Brendan Rodgers had initially deemed not good enough at Anfield, but who has proven a host of doubters wrong during his career both with the Reds and England.

However, he insists that, without the list of collective titles, his individual triumph would be largely meaningless.

He continued: “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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