Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson was reduced to tears by a special video message from manager Jurgen Klopp after winning the Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year award.
Henderson was named winner of the prestigious accolade to cap off a memorable week in which he lifted the Premier League trophy on Wednesday night.
The England international has gained a host of plaudits having been at the heart of Liverpool ’s remarkable rise under Klopp in recent years.
He was played a video message sent from Klopp as he received the award, with the moment captured and shared on social media by beIN Sports.
Henderson said he did not want to watch it on camera as he “knew he would get emotional” – and he was unable to prevent himself from breaking down as Klopp outlined exactly why he has been so vital to Liverpool this season.
"Without the gaffer I wouldn't be sitting here, so to hear that from him means a lot,” Henderson added.
"He knows what I've been through so that's why I am emotional.”
Henderson was handed the phone and watched as Klopp said: “Hi, my friend. One of the big questions in football is: ‘What makes a proper player?’
“What is more important – is it talent, is it attitude? I think the easy answer is that without talent you are nothing, without attitude you will stay a talent forever. So, you are the perfect example that the mix makes the difference.
“Who would have thought that the young fella coming from Sunderland to Liverpool with big dreams would be one day the best player of the Premier League?
"Maybe you dreamt of it; I’m not sure you thought it would happen, but I know you are confident enough to have big dreams.
“But now is the moment where everybody saw it. Everybody saw what a great player you are, everybody saw what a great personality you are, what a great character you are. I know the human being behind the player, you would deserve an award for that as well.
“So, many congratulations, well deserved, outstanding achievement. What a year you had, what a career you’ve had so far, and the best news: still a lot to come.
“I wish you a wonderful day, enjoy the moment – because you can enjoy it, you don’t have to play on the weekend at Newcastle. Enjoy the moment, and, again: best player of the Premier League. Wow."
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