Andrew Robertson has thrown his support behind Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson to scoop the prestigious Player of the Year award, describing the midfield general as their driving force.

22 points clear, the Reds look all set to end their 30-year drought on being kings of England.

A number of high profile Liverpool stars have shone during the campaign, with forward Sadio Mane and towering centre-half Virgil van Dijk attracting plenty of column inches and credit.

It is skipper Henderson who the Scotland international believes deserves the award above all others, however, a notion that would’ve appeared almost unthinkable just a few short years ago.

Speaking to Sky Sports regarding the prize, Robertson said: “For me, I think he’s the leading candidate [for player of the year].

“At times this season when we’ve struggled Hendo has been the one that has driven us forward.

“He’s the one who has made sure we don’t get slack, or he has chipped in with some really important goals or really important assists.

“Maybe his performances at the start of the season went a little bit under the radar, but as the season has progressed he’s not really had a bad game.

 

Henderson, 29, hasn’t always been number one in Liverpool fans’ hearts and has frequently come in for criticism from the supporters and pundits alike earlier into his Liverpool career.

What the former Sunderland man lacks in raw statistics, however, he more than makes up for in attitude, mentality and leadership.

“You really appreciate him when you train with him every day and in this country he’s not been appreciated enough in his character,” said Robertson.

“He’s getting the recognition he deserves because he is a fantastic player, a fantastic role model and a fantastic captain. He’s driven us to three points at times this season when we’ve struggled.”

The 25-year-old also spoke about the continued support he gives to the Fans Supporting Foodbanks charity.

Robertson has been an active philanthropist in recent times, but takes no satisfaction in seeing the hardship that people suffer that inevitably comes with the work he carries out.

“I’ve always been associated with them but I wish I wasn’t, because it would mean they didn’t exist,” he said. “I don’t like going to food banks and I don’t like seeing people suffer.

“We should be doing a lot more to help these people. I like to give back to people who are less fortunate than me. It’s clever to be around football stadiums and hopefully they continue to get big donations.”

Meanwhile, Egypt’s U23 boss has put the ball in Liverpool’s court regarding the potential absence of superstar forward Mohammed Salah.

The 27-year-old has been earmarked as the number one choice to represent Egypt’s Olympic team at Tokyo 2020, but participating in the event would cause serious disruption to Liverpool’s pre-season preparations.

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