Danny Mills has named “incredible” Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson as player of the year ahead of his brilliant teammates.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and Manchester City defender says the 29-year-old might not be the most technically gifted player but that he has had a significant impact on Jurgen Klopp’s men.

The debate over which Reds star will be named player of the season has has been ignited in recent weeks, with Paul Robinson, Darren Bent and Rio Ferdinand all weighing in with their views.

Mills says that while he might not be stealing the headlines week in, week out, Henderson’s influence on the side cannot be ignored.

Asked who he thought should be handed the individual honour this season, Mills told Football Insider: “It’s difficult, depends if you’re looking for the best player or looking for the player with the most influence. I think this is where the debate will happen.

“Jordan Henderson has been absolutely fantastic, he is probably the biggest influence on that side in the way he drives forward, his work rate, his leadership, all these things.

“He has been the one, he has been the glue that holds it all together, he has been that driving force. Has he been the best player for Liverpool? I think that’s a difficult one.

“That’s the debate about Jordan Henderson, is he the best player? No. Does he have the most influence? Is he incredibly important to Liverpool? Yes. That’s an old-fashioned captain, in all honesty. 

“He’s pretty much been faultless, he can play numerous positions – there’s a few at Liverpool but without a doubt Jordan Henderson will be in the top three.”

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