Later News Jan 15

Henderson named England Player of the Year award... because he's a Liverpool player


Congratulations, Jordan Henderson! The Liverpool captain was named England Men’s Player of the Year for 2019, ahead of Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling and Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane.  

 

The choice of winner did appear surprising, though. While Henderson did win the Champions League and European Super Cup in the calendar year with his club, that is arguably down to the brilliance of players such as Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk.  

 

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On the other hand, Sterling had a pretty impressive year- scoring eight times in nine games for country and lifting the Premier League with his club, while England captain Kane scored 12 times in 10 games for the Three Lions.  

 

Some felt that Sterling had been robbed of the honour.

 

However, if you consider the fact that the award was voted for by fans, it starts to make sense.

 

These days, with the fortunes of Liverpool riding high, the enthusiasm of their fans has seen a corresponding spike, and this is perhaps represented in their online activity. Conversely, the fans of the other clubs may have become muted, too, so plenty of what you might hear online is the chatter of Reds’ fans.  

 

Although to be fair, credit has to be given to the Liverpool fans for making an effort to vote, something which City fans (if there are any out there) or Spurs fans failed to do.  

 

Anyway, let’s hope – for the sake of Liverpool fans – that Henderson does not slip up between now and May.

 

All said, it’s been quite a turnaround for Henderson. Because we never imagined him winning a popularity contest, especially when he was once as hated at Liverpool as Manchester United players were.