The majority of Jordan Henderson’s time in a Liverpool shirt has been marked with criticism, that’s for sure.
However, the past year has seen the Reds captain enjoy a huge turn of form as he leads the greatest Liverpool side in recent history.
Henderson, who has passed the mid-way stage in his ninth season at Anfield, could embark on his century as a Premier League champion.
Liverpool, who are 22 points clear at the top, have all but won their first league title since 1990, adding to their Champions League triumph of last season.
The Reds are also still unbeaten this season and extended that run yesterday, thrashing Southampton 4-0 on home turf.
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And Henderson was amongst the goal scorers as Liverpool opened up the biggest lead by any team at the end of a day in English top-flight history.
On top of his goal, the Liverpool skipper put in another brilliant performance, prompting a huge call from one of the league’s greatest ever players.
Alan Shearer, who remains the Premier League’s all-time top scorer, labelled Henderson as his player of the season.
Speaking on BBC’s Match of the Day, the former goal machine said: “I believe that if the season was to end tomorrow he would be my Player of the season. Absolutely no doubt about it.
“I think he was magnificent again today. The way he drove Liverpool forward, the way he kept everything moving, his attitude, his work-rate both attacking and defensively, starting moves off, can he pass it forward? Yes he can.
“He gets his reward because of his hard work. I thought he was magnificent, as he has been all season.
“What a season he’s having, absolutely incredible. Player of the season, definitely.
“When you look at some of their performances, how special Liverpool have been, whether it’s the goalkeeper, Van Dijk, or the front three, he for me has been the driving force. He’s been superb.”
Henderson, who already has two goals to his name in 2020, will be hoping to lead his side to not only Premier League glory but also an unbeaten season.
The Reds travel to Norwich City in their next league clash, aiming to make it 25 wins out of 26.