Former Premier League midfielder David Meyler has tipped Jordan Henderson to win the PFA Player of the Year award following a stellar spell for Liverpool.
The Reds captain has been a regular for the club, leading the side to victories in the Super Cup, Club World Cup and all but one of their Premier League fixtures this season. Speaking on BT Sport, Meyler – a teammate of Henderson’s at Sunderland – paid tribute to his qualities as he backed the midfielder to receive the ultimate recognition following an exceptional season for the Premier League leaders.
He said: “Every team needs a type of player like Jordan Henderson. If you look at the work Jordan does, he’s the one that allows Trent Alexander-Arnold to go forward, he covers a lot of his space a lot of the time – it’s almost as if he’s playing holding midfielder and right-back. He understands and is aware [of] the ability that Trent has going forward – he’s unselfish and he does everything for the team. I’ve been one of his biggest advocates on Twitter to be PFA Player of the Year. I’m delighted to see him doing so well.”
Liverpool have dominated the PFA Player of the Year in the last few seasons, with Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah the most recent winners of the award. Considering the three preceding recipients were all league winners, a third consecutive Liverpool winner could arguably be a shoo-in.
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Meyler’s call for Henderson to be recognised in the grand manner is rather respectable given he has been the leader of a side that may yet break the Premier League’s all-time points record and last an entire league season without tasting defeat.
While he may have other rivals for the accolade from within his team alone, Henderson can certainly stake a claim for the top prize – with Van Dijk’s triumph in 2019 showing that you needn’t be a regular goalscorer to receive the annual award, while N’Golo Kante’s win in 2017 demonstrated how central a solid midfielder can be to a title challenge.
Henderson may have to rely on his peers thinking similarly if he is to vindicate his recommendation for the award from Meyler, though it seems perfectly plausible that the England midfielder is worthy of being in the running, at the very least.
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