Jordan Henderson once ‘guaranteed’ statue at Anfield, says ex-England boss Roy Hodgson

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson says ‘outstanding’ Jordan Henderson is ‘guaranteed’ a statue outside Anfield one day for his achievements at Liverpool and supports him for Sports Personality of the Year from the BBC

  • Jordan Henderson will look to disappoint Roy Hodgson on Saturday afternoon
  • Ex-England boss will back Henderson on Sunday night however
  • Liverpool captain shortlisted for BBC Sports Personality of the Year
  • Hodgson added the 30-year-old deserved a statue outside of Anfield one day

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson will have the backing of his former national team boss Roy Hodgson on Sunday when the BBC Sports Personality of the Year is announced and the Crystal Palace boss has said the midfielder deserves a statue outside Anfield.

The England international is an outsider to take the prize, as other sportsmen in contention are Lewis Hamilton, Hollie Doyle, Ronnie O’Sullivan, Tyson Fury and Stuart Broad.

Henderson led Liverpool to their first league title in 30 years this summer, having played a pivotal role in their 2019 Champions League triumph, to cap a drastic turnaround in his fortunes in Merseyside after a rocky start to life after his moved in 2011.

Jordan Henderson will aim to inspire Liverpool to victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday

Palace boss Roy Hodgson said Henderson

Palace boss Roy Hodgson says ‘outstanding’ Henderson deserves statue at Anfield

Hodgson coached Henderson during his tenure as England coach between 2012 and 2016

Hodgson coached Henderson during his tenure as England coach between 2012 and 2016

On Saturday, the 30-year-old will aim to disappoint his ex-England manager Hodgson by helping the champions to victory at Palace, but a day later he will have the support of the experienced boss.

“He is an exceptional player, who works exceptionally hard in his game and who has constantly improved,” said Hodgson.

“In 2012, when he had just moved to Liverpool, we took him with us on his first trip to England as part of the Euro in Poland and Ukraine. He was a very different player than he is today.

“He worked so hard on his game to become the figurehead of this club. He’s working hard on his game technically and tactically too. I would definitely support her candidacy for BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

“I always tend to vote for the football people because it’s my world and I know the football people so I’m happy he was nominated and I wish him all the best for that.

“ He is certain that a lot of things in his life will be of a very high standard right now in terms of satisfaction, because to lead Liverpool to their first trophy after so many years and to do so in such a spectacular way is already secured his statue outside Anfield one day.

The achievements of Jurgen Klopp’s team have seen many accolades, with the German being named FIFA’s Best Men’s Coach on Thursday for the second time in two years.

Henderson had a successful 2020 in which he led Liverpool to the league title

Henderson had a successful 2020 in which he led Liverpool to the league title

He has seen comparisons drawn between the great Liverpool teams of yesteryear when they were a trophy-winning machine in the 1970s and 80s and this well-oiled current side.

Hodgson, who had an unfortunate six-month stint at Anfield ten years ago, was unwilling to get involved in such debates before their lunchtime reunion.

“Liverpool in the 80s were a great team and you can’t really compare – the danger with the comparisons is always the distance. In the past, that gives him a little more magical appeal, ”added the 73-year-old.

“They were two fantastic times at Liverpool and the last one lasted a very long time. The team created by Bill Shankly was led by Bob Paisley and Joe Fagan and had incredible success.

“I’m sure Liverpool hope this next era will be just as successful. In terms of quality, the ’80s team and the 2019 team, you’re talking about two top-notch teams.’

Hodgson hopes his side can upset champions who have been poor away from home

Hodgson hopes his side can upset champions who have been poor away from home

Palace has four former Reds on their squad, but only Nathaniel Clyne is in the running to face his former club.

Martin Kelly, Mamadou Sakho (both calf) and Christian Benteke (suspension) will all be barred from facing Liverpool and another player still sidelined is Nathan Ferguson.

A knee injury delayed his debut after a summer arrival on a free transfer from West Brom and now a thigh injury will rule him out for the remainder of 2020.

Hodgson admitted, “I’m wary of talking about MRI scans because I’m not quite sure what the doctor has concluded.

“I’m afraid I have to be pretty obscure in the sense that this is definite muscle tension, there’s no question about it and he’s definitely going to be out for a period of weeks with his rehabilitation.

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