Jurgen Klopp backs Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson to win a major trophy

Jurgen Klopp believes Jordan Henderson would be a deserving winner of the prestigious BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

Henderson is one of six shortlisted for the gong after making Liverpool his first title in 30 years, and has also been named footballer of the year and helping to the establishment of a Premier League coronavirus fund for NHS staff.

The 30-year-old is up against seven-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton, world heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury, female jockey Hollie Doyle, six-time snooker champion Ronnie O’Sullivan and cricket England Stuart Broad.

Michael Owen received the honor when he was a Liverpool player in 1998, one of only five footballers to win since the award was first presented in 1954.

And Klopp has indicated he will make sure he votes for Henderson before the winner is announced Sunday afternoon.

“Am I allowed more than one vote? Then he has a chance … I would have his vote, “the Reds boss said.

“He’s a great man, a great player. He did a great job in the summer for not only our players but players in general.

“For the England national team, he is involved in almost everything. He is a good man and would be a prize winner.

“I don’t know who the other people are involved with, but he would deserve it.”

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Henderson is set to captain Liverpool at the start of the Premier League early on Saturday at Crystal Palace.

Curtis Jones is likely to be with him in midfield, who has made a huge impact in the Reds’ last two games against Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur.

And Klopp had repeated the shape of the teenager making it easy to forget that he is still a teenager.

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“Some people will say that Liverpool lets you grow up fast – and I don’t mean the club, I mean the city! The Liverpool manager said.

“He’s 19 until he enters the park. That’s what they all have to be. When you say that he is 19 and that he is allowed to make this mistake and this error and make this mistake – every player can make mistakes. It’s not a problem. We have to sort that out as a team.

“When we talk about children, we always forget Curtis because we don’t see him as a child anymore. But it is.

“We just want him to keep working hard and being who he is. The future could be very bright. “