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Jordan Henderson: the leading contender for the PFA player of the season?

Liverpool’s remarkable run in the Premier League this season has attracted a lot of admirers. As a result, the likes of Mane, Salah, and Alisson have claimed the headlines on numerous occasions so far this season. However, the main unsung hero and consistent performer in the current Liverpool team has been none other than their influential captain Jordan Henderson. Jordan Henderson joined Liverpool from Sunderland for 16 million pounds in 2011. During his time at Sunderland, Henderson carved a big reputation for himself as an exciting young talent who made a difference in the wide positions.

His first season at Liverpool saw him in an unfamiliar right midfield role by the then manager Kenny Dalglish. In Henderson’s first season at Anfield, he got a role in the center of the pitch instead of the wings. He initially struggled to fit in at the club as a youngster. From his style of play, it had become evident that Henderson was doing too much to play like Steven Gerard. Fast forward to this season, and the story is entirely different. Henderson has completely adjusted his game with perfect efficiency under German tactician Jurgen Klopp. Henderson has had a tremendous season and has indeed announced himself as one of the best midfielders around. Henderson has also received praise throughout the footballing world and is now the bookies favorite to win the PFA player of the season award at the end of the current campaign.

 

Why Henderson deserves to be the PFA player of the season

Liverpool’s captain Jordan Henderson is the big favorite to win this year’s PFA player of the year award.

Since the award’s inception in the 1970s, some of the greatest players in the world like Cristiano Ronaldo, Henry Thierry, Steven Gerard, Ryan Giggs, Luis Suarez, Eden Hazard, and Gareth Bale have all won it. This season, Henderson’s name could soon be on the list of the previous winners of the distinguished award. Henderson has been the focal point of Liverpool’s assault on the Premier League title so far this season. His performances as a member of Liverpool’s three-man midfield have been pivotal in Klopp’s tactics.

In the middle of the field, Henderson has become the calming presence with the knack of dictating the tempo of the team’s games. He has also excelled in the passing department.

In terms of the stats, Henderson has made 25 appearances in the league so far this season, providing five assists and finding the back of the net three times.

He has also shown his sharpness in front of goal in most of Liverpool’s crucial games against some of their title rivals so far this season. This season, he has scored in massive wins at home to Tottenham and away trip at Wolves. Henderson’s presence in midfield is immense to his team. His absence caused Liverpool their first defeat in the Premier League against Watford. His manager Klopp has also applauded him for his leadership and performances.

 

His competitors for the PFA award

Despite Henderson’s heroics this season, he hasn’t been the only player in the Premier League in fine form. Another player who has been in impeccable form this season is Henderson’s teammate and the reigning PFA Player of the Year Virgil Van Dirk. The dependable center-back has been world-class once again in defense this season. With his performances this season, he has a good chance of picking up his second successive Player of the Season award. Van Dirk has started every game in an extraordinary campaign that has Liverpool leak just 21 goals. He has also contributed four goals from the back. Another player who is a serious contender for this prestigious award is Man City’s mercurial midfielder Kevin De Bruyne. He has been in a terrific form this season and leads the way in the assists table with 16.

De Bryune is also on the verge of breaking Thierry Henry’s record of 20 assists in a single season. The Belgian has been the most creative player in not only the Premier League but across Europe.

He is enjoying a spectacular season having bounced back from a nasty knee injury he suffered last season. Although his team has been unable to match Liverpool this season, De Bruyne has been superb so far this season.

Sadio Mane has also been impressive so far this season. The Liverpool forward has 14 goals and nine assists to his name this season. Mane has also scored some crucial goals for Liverpool this season in games against Man City and Leicester City. He also grabbed an essential last-minute winner away at Aston Villa back in November.

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