Jordan Henderson is the FWA Player of the Year for the 2019/20 season. Here’s the Liverpool captain’s season in numbers after a sensational campaign.
Henderson wins the FWA award on the back of a season where he’s led Liverpool to unprecedented success. The Reds won the Premier League title in fewer games than anyone ever has – and that’s largely down to their tremendous mentality.
Henderson epitomises that mentality but as a player, he’s far more than just work ethic and shouting. So let’s have a look at how he stacks up to the rest of the Reds’ champion squad.
Per Whoscored (where all these Premier League stats will be from), Henderson leads Liverpool in tackles this season. The captain has made 63, one more than Fabinho and a huge 26 more than Gini Wijnaldum, Liverpool’s other starting midfielder.
Fabinho has played fewer games, of course, but then he’s also been dribbled past 41 times – eight more than Henderson.
Henderson also ranks well for interceptions. He’s sixth in the squad with 30, behind only the usual back four and Fabinho.
Playmaking in midfield
Only the back four have made more passes than Henderson but it’s his long-ball consistency that stands out. He’s completed 125 long passes, missing just 87. Only Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold better but they’ve also missed far more.
Henderson also stands out with key passes. He’s sixth on the squad list with 27 for the season, behind the front three and the full-backs. That translates into assists, too – sixth but just two behind Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.
As for keeping the ball, Henderson is fantastic at it. He’s 11th in the squad list, having been dispossessed just six times. That puts him behind Fabinho, Naby Keita and Divock Origi despite playing far more. For comparison, Gini Wijnaldum has lost the ball 30 times this campaign.
Hitting the target
Henderson certainly doesn’t shoot as much as he could. The captain has had just 20 pops at goal in the league this season, which is ninth in the list. Virgil van Dijk has managed nine more than that and he only really gets chances from set-pieces.
It’s quite impressive, then, that Henderson is actually joint-fourth for goals this season with four. He’s had half as many efforts at goal as Trent Alexander-Arnold and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but matches their goal tallies.
Was Henderson the best player in the Premier League this season? Probably not and that player was arguably Kevin De Bruyne. But Henderson was arguably the most important.
His league record this season reads 30 games played, 27 wins, two draws, one defeat. And that defeat came after Liverpool were officially champions.
Henderson’s record before the break in play read 25 games, 24 wins, one draw. No one else can match that – it’s truly extraordinary and goes a long way to explain why Henderson is the FWA Player of the Year.
He’s had a good season statistically where he consistently ranks highly in Liverpool’s squad. But more than that, he’s the on-pitch driving force behind the title win.