Liverpool midfielder and captain Jordan Henderson has been nominated for the 2020 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award this week.
Henderson is one of the six candidates to be up for the award, with the winner set to be announced at their live show on the 20th of December. Lewis Hamilton and Stuart Broad are the only two of his competitors to be named thus far, with more expected in the coming days.
A public vote will commence once the six sportswomen/men are all named to determine the winner, who will then be crowned at the aforementioned live show.
Our captain @JHenderson has been named on the shortlist for the 2020 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award 👏
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 1, 2020
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
It is impossible to say that Henderson deserves to win as it is completely subjective and dependent on what each voter believes is worthy of winning the award. However, his accomplishments in 2020 could put him in with a good chance of doing well as he has had an extraordinary year on and off the pitch for Liverpool. For starters, he captained Liverpool to their first-ever Premier League title – finishing runner-up to Kevin de Bruyne for PFA Player of the Year and being named in the PFA Team of the Year.
Off the pitch, Henderson also demonstrated his leadership during the first lockdown in England. He was at the forefront of negotiations between Premier League captains on how to help the country during the pandemic, which eventually led to him helping to raise millions for the NHS by organising all of the other captains and getting the club to raise money for the frontline workers as they put their lives on the line to work in hospitals and deal with the pandemic.
So, Henderson had a terrific year on and off the pitch and could now be rewarded for his actions at the BBC event later this month. Even if the Liverpool skipper does not win the vote, it is an achievement in itself to be nominated for the award as it shows that people are appreciative of his efforts this year.