Sunday Apr 29, 2018. 12:29
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has explained why he accompanied Egyptian star Mohamed Salah to last weekend’s PFA Awards in London.
The Pharaohs attacker was named the Players’ Player of the Year at the glittering event, having scored over 40 goals across all competitions for the Reds this season.
“The gaffer [manager Jurgen Klopp] was keen for him to go to London and collect the prize, even though it was in quite close proximity to the Roma first leg [in the UEFA Champions League],” Henderson wrote in This Is Anfield.
“The manager's priority was that Mo ate the right things, got his sleep and training wasn't impacted at all. All those things fell into line, so as a team and as a club we wanted him to go. But typically he didn't want to go on his own, purely because he believes this individual award has come because of the performance of the entire team.
"Mo recognises that everyone in this squad has played a part in helping him reach this level – and it's that humility that makes him such a special person, as well as a phenomenal player. He wanted the entire team's contribution recognised, and as a result we decided together that I would go with him to represent the rest of the team.
“When Mo says, for him, it's all about what the team can achieve and not him personally, it isn't just words. When he says he would swap every individual honour he might get for one trophy for the club, he means it.
“That's Mo – that's why he's special to us. That is why we, as his teammates, were so unbelievably chuffed that the rest of football in England saw fit to name him the best player performing in our country in this moment.
“We didn't vote for him because we couldn't under the rules – but the Liverpool dressing room doesn't need a ballot paper to show our appreciation for this amazing fella."