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Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has been named the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year.

The midfielder, who lifted the Reds’ first title for 30 years on Wednesday, was the outright winner ahead of Kevin De Bruyne.

He has skippered Liverpool to their first Premier League crown this season with Jurgen Klopp’s side 18 points ahead of Manchester City before Sunday’s final game at Newcastle

Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne was seen as the favourite to claim the award earlier this week thanks to his contribution of 19 assists and 11 goals in the Premier League this season.

But Henderson has been recognised for his inspirational role in Liverpool’s first title triumph in 30 years with the prestigious individual award.

Henderson succeeds England colleague Raheem Sterling who won the prize last year.

Henderson also spearheaded the #playerstogether initiative during the coronavirus lockdown which saw players team up with NHS Charities Together to raise money for the NHS.

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson lifted the Premier League trophy on Wednesday.

He said: “I’d like to say how appreciative I am of the support of those who voted for me and the Football Writers’ Association in general.

“You only have to look at the past winners of it, a number of whom I’ve been blessed to play with here at Liverpool, like Stevie (Steven Gerrard), Luis (Suarez) and Mo (Mohamed Salah) to know how prestigious it is.

“But as grateful as I am I don’t feel like I can accept this on my own. I don’t feel like anything I’ve achieved this season or in fact during my whole career has been done on my own.

“I owe a lot to so many different people – but none more so than my current team-mates – who have just been incredible and deserve this every bit as much as I do.

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“We’ve only achieved what we’ve achieved because every single member of our squad has been brilliant and not just in matches. Not just in producing the moments that make the headlines and the back pages but every day in training.