BBC Sport pundit Alan Shearer has touted Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson as his pick for the PFA Player of the Year awards with the skipper on the verge of claiming the Reds a first league title since 1990.
Liverpool are now just seven league wins away from immortality following their 4-0 victory over Southampton on Saturday. The Reds’ latest triumph – their 24th from 25 – means they have now taken a jaw-dropping 100 points from the last 102 on offer. They are up to 73 points already this season on February’s opening day.
The Premier League champions-elect also made 16 consecutive league wins which has seen the Reds go 22 points clear of second-placed Manchester City. Such a margin is the biggest lead any team have ever had at the end of a day in English top-flight history.
Speaking to Match of the Day on BBC One (01/02/2020 at 10:40 pm), the Premier League’s all-time record goalscorer couldn’t hide his admiration for Liverpool’s irreplaceable skipper. The 29-year-old – who cost Liverpool £20m [BBC Sport] in 2011 – workhouse produced yet another tireless shift for his team that culminated in a goal as well as an assist.
Shearer was so impressed with the England international that he even claimed Henderson to be his choice as the outstanding player of the PL season if the season were to end tomorrow.
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“Jordan Henderson, again [the best of the bunch],” Shearer told Match of the Day. “I believe if the season were to end tomorrow he would be my player of the season. Absolutely no doubt about it.
“I think he was magnificent again. The way he drove Liverpool forward. The way he kept everything moving. His attitude. His work rate. Both attacking and defensively starting the move off. Give and go. Can he pass it forward? Yes, he can.
“I thought he was magnificent. I think he has been all season. He keeps Liverpool moving forward – What a season he is having. Absolutely incredible. Player of the Season definitely. When you look at some of their performances and how special Liverpool have been. Whether it’s the goalkeeper. Van Dijk the centre-half. The front three. He for me has been the driving force. He has been superb.”
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Shearer is right, look no further to Liverpool’s man-of-the-hour who is propelling the team to devastating heights has been a man possessed this season.
After getting a first taste of silverware following the Champions League triumph in June, Henderson has become obsessed by the prospects of adding more trophies to the Anfield trophy cabinet; Liverpool have since added the UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup with league title no.19 tantalisingly close
With each passing game, the 30-year wait moves a step nearer to being ended. Once again, the skipper had been the one player looking to inject tempo into the Reds’ humdrum effort before the break, too many of Klopp’s men lacking concentration but it was Henderson who inspired his troops in their time of need.
Henderson, like the rest of the team, have merited a mini-break with the inaugural PL winter break finally upon us. For the senior Liverpool players, and Klopp himself, they will have just under two weeks of downtime, and in the meantime, the youngsters will play Shrewsbury Town in an FA Cup replay on Tuesday.
The individual accolades – Henderson now among the favourites for the player of the year awards later this season – may well come.