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Official: FWA Footballer Of The Year Announced

The Football Writers' Association (FWA) has announced Jordan Henderson as its Footballer of the Year for the 2019/20 campaign.

Click through the mini-gallery above to see who the other main contenders for the award were.

The Liverpool captain won the prestigious award, which was first handed to Sir Stanley Matthews in 1948, after the Reds were officially handed the EPL trophy on Wednesday night.

"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," the 30-year-old said in an official statement from the FWA.

"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 (Gerrard), Luis (Suarez) and Mo (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 teammates – who have just been incredible and deserve this every bit as much as I do.

"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.

"The players who've started the most games for us this season have been as good as they have been because of our culture and our environment at Melwood. No one individual is responsible for that – it's a collective effort and that's how I view accepting this honour.

"I accept it on behalf of this whole squad, because without them I'm not in a position to be receiving this honour. These lads have made me a better player – a better leader and a better person.

"If anything, I hope those who voted for me did so partly to recognise the entire team's contribution.

"Individual awards are nice and they are special and I will cherish this one. But an individual award without the collective achievement wouldn't mean anywhere as much to me – if anything at all."

He beat strong competition from Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester United's Marcus Rashford and his teammates Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane, who completed the top five, the FWA has confirmed.

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FWA chair, Carrie Brown, said: "Leadership is intangible and often unquantifiable unless it is inarguable. Jordan Henderson is both the ultimate professional and now a bona fide Liverpool legend. 

"Jordan is a player his teammates look to on the pitch and who his rivals look up to off it. The voting criteria for the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year is one who leads by precept and example and in this country's darkest moment, Jordan, unprompted, personally rallied club captains to establish #PlayersTogether. 

"Millions of pounds have been raised for the NHS and significantly #PlayersTogether is now an established collective power base for players to engage in campaigns, none more so evident in the ongoing and powerful anti-racism #BlackLivesMatter campaign.

"He is a truly worthy winner of our award."

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