Chris Sutton has explained to BBC 5 Live Sport why Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson would get in his all-time XI for the Premier League champions.
The skipper will lift the trophy for the Reds this season, ending nearly 30 years hurt for those of a Liverpool persuasion.
Henderson won’t be in action against Chelsea after picking up an injury in a recent win over Brighton.
The 30-year-old will be on hand to raise the trophy above his head, however, after another impressive season.
Henderson has been with Liverpool since 2011, signing from Sunderland for £20 million. He has played 364 times for the club and replaced Steven Gerrard as the club’s captain.
The skipper has earned praise from Sutton who believes he deserves every drop of success he gets.
He told BBC 5 Live Sport: “He’s one of those players who has really grafted for the success which he’s had.
“I don’t think he’s the most naturally gifted player that’s ever been. When you think about Henderson though, he had to take over the captaincy from Gerrard. Those aren’t just big boots, they’re huge boots to fill.
“Over a period of time he’s got himself into a position where the likes of Jurgen Klopp respects him, trusts him and you can see the players look up to him in the dressing room.
“He knits everything together, has fantastic leadership qualities. He’s everything that this Liverpool team epitomises.”
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Regardless of what people might think of the central midfielder, tonight he will become the only Liverpool player in history to lift a Premier League trophy.
The £140,000-a-week star isn’t perhaps everyone’s cup of tea but take him out of Klopp’s team and they do lose something in the middle of the park.
Sutton isn’t completely wide of the mark putting him in an all-time Liverpool XI.
Henderson will always have the fact that he was the first Liverpool player to get his hands on the Premier League trophy and nobody can deny him that.
Tonight will cap a remarkable year which has seen Liverpool secure the league, Champions League, Super Cup and Club World Cup.
Henderson will hope tonight’s trophy lift isn’t the last he does as a Liverpool player.