Liverpool defender Andy Robertson has tipped his club-captain Jordan Henderson as his pick for the PFA Player of the Year award with the midfielder set to become the first Reds skipper in 30 years to lift the league title.
The Champions League-winning duo have been paramount to Jurgen Klopp’s English champions-elect currently sitting 22 points atop the league summit.
Robertson, 25, believes the Liverpool skipper’s vital leadership and key contributions during difficult periods of the season have been the difference for the runaway leaders this campaign.
“For me, I think he’s the leading candidate [for the player of the year],” Robertson told Sky Sports.
“At times this season when we’ve struggled Hendo has been the one that has driven us forward.
“He’s the one who has made sure we don’t get slack, or he has chipped in with some really important goals or really important assists.
“Maybe his performances at the start of the season went a little bit under the radar, but as the season has progressed he’s not really had a bad game.
“You really appreciate him when you train with him every day and in this country, he’s not been appreciated enough in his character.
“He’s getting the recognition he deserves because he is a fantastic player, a fantastic role model and a fantastic captain. He’s driven us to three points at times this season when we’ve struggled.”
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Robertson is spot-on, the prestigious individual award should be given to a Liverpool player for a third consecutive season.
Henderson, 29, has faced a seemingly endless battle to win over his doubters during an Anfield career that is well into its ninth season. The former Sunderland midfielder recently became the first English captain to lift the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup in the same year.
The England international has since been an ever-present figure in Klopp’s world-conquering team. He has featured in 19 of Liverpool’s 20 Premier League matches so far this season.
Henderson deservedly has emerged as the outstanding candidate following what has been the best season of the Englishman’s career by some distance. Liverpool’s successor to Steven Gerrard plays as if every game is his last and is the reason why Henderson has become the embodiment of this unwavering demand for perfection.