Jordan Henderson goes head to head with Kevin De Bruyne, describing the Belgian ace as the world’s ‘best midfielder’.
Last season the Man City man was named PFA player of the year, while Liverpool skipper Henderson picked up the FWA version after the Merseysiders finally won the league title again.
And the pair will renew their rivalry at Wembley on Sunday afternoon when England face Belgium in the UEFA Nations League.
Singing De Bruyne’s praises, Hendo said: “I voted for Kevin in the PFA awards and couldn’t speak highly enough of him as a player.
“He deservedly won PFA Player of the Year. I thought he was outstanding last season. But he’s been outstanding for a long time.
“He’s a world-class player, probably the best midfield player in the world. I feel as though he’s classy on and off the pitch.
“I’m a really big fan.”
Henderson has played down his own personal gong, which came courtesy of the Football Writers Association.
Instead, he credits his Liverpool team-mates for the individual accolade.
The Anfield midfielder, 30, added: “I’m very honoured and proud to have won it and don’t want to take that away.
“But I felt it was more to do with the team and what we achieved over that year. I was a very small part of that. That’s how I took the award.
“It was definitely a team effort. Without that, I wouldn’t have even been close to getting it.”
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