Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hailed Jordan Henderson as a “leader” and “the voice” of his squad following the midfielder’s nomination for the Sports Personality Of The Year Award, as reported by the Liverpool Echo.

Henderson has had a remarkable 2020 on and off the pitch. The 30-year-old led Liverpool to their first Premier League title last season. The Reds skipper also played an important role in leading an initiative to help the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic.

Henderson is ‘smart and thoughtful’

Klopp is proud of his captain’s contribution and feels he’s worthy of all the recognition he is receiving.

The German said: “He’s just a smart and thoughtful person. A caring person and a leader as well.

“We saw this with some players in the summer. They found solutions and he was the voice of it.”

Klopp also claimed Henderson sets the perfect example to younger members of the squad, ensuring standards don’t drop.

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He said: “It’s not that our young kids don’t know how they should behave because they see it every day.

“These boys train like they haven’t before, like the first session – and that makes it easier.”

Double injury boost

Liverpool have endured a tricky start to the 2020/21 season, with injuries mounting.

Despite that the champions remain level on points with leaders Tottenham. Liverpool fans will be boosted by the news two first-team players could return this weekend.

Klopp confirmed Trent Alexander-Arnold and Naby Keita trained today and are in contention for the squad on Sunday.

He said: “There’s a chance Naby and Trent are in the squad but if they can play, start and play 90 minutes, I don’t know.”

The champions host Wolverhampton Wanderers, with fans set to be in attendance at Anfield for the first time this season.

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