Jurgen Klopp read out a heartfelt letter to his Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson on BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year on Sunday evening.
The England midfielder was nominated for the top award after guiding the Reds to Premier League glory last season.
After lifting the Champions League trophy the season before Henderson helped Liverpool end a 30-year wait for a domestic league title in 2020.
Henderson played 30 of the 38 league games last season and is now being recognised for his efforts.
Klopp revealed Henderson had written a personal letter to every Liverpool player after the triumph and that now it is his turn.
“Hello friend, hello our captain,” the Liverpool boss said on BBC SPOTY.
“When we won the Premier League title last season you wrote a personal letter to every player in the squad and myself. Well, now it’s my turn. I write this letter to you.
“This Liverpool team they say we don’t have one superstar. For us the team is the star. This is true. But you are a superstar at making us that team.
“Jordan, people too often ignore your quality. But not me and not your team-mates.
“After a touch journey with many obstacles everyone can see it – personality, character and ability. The complete package.
“You led our club to ending a 30-year wait. You did it with humility and grace. You’re a world class athlete and football player but you are an even better human being.
“Thank you for everything, my friend, and here’s to a great 2021.
“With love, Jurgen.”
Henderson graced the stage himself and replied to Klopp’s kind words.
“It’s amazing the words that I hear but I still can’t believe when I look back at the times, as a kid, growing up, watching the Champions League, the Premier League to actually get there is incredible,” Henderson said.
He added: “To win the Premier League trophy I dreamt of ever since I was a little boy was a dream come true. Not only for me but for my team-mates it was a special year.”