Van Dijk enjoyed astonishing individual success after inspiring the Reds to Champions League glory last season, picking up the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year, UEFA Defender of the Season, PFA Players’ Player of the Year and Premier League Player of the Season awards.
He also finished second to Lionel Messi in the 2019 Ballon d’Or and Best FIFA Men’s Player gongs, despite Reds boss Jurgen Klopp insisting he should have pipped the Barcelona legend in the voting.
But when asked which man is the standout performer at Anfield, Salah snubbed the popular choice of Van Dijk and instead named Henderson.
“All of us deserve to be the best player,” he told beIN SPORTS.
“If you ask 10 people about Van Dijk, nine will say he deserves it for sure. If you ask 10 people about Trent, nine will say definitely.
“When you ask 10 people about Salah and any other, they’ll say the same, but if I have to pick, I’ll choose Henderson our captain.
“He was criticised a lot, and people wanted him out of Liverpool, but he fought back and proved to everyone that he deserves to be our captain, plus he was helping everyone even the young players.”
Salah stakes a claim to being Liverpool’s top player himself, having scored 92 goals in 145 appearances since joining from Roma in 2017.
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Under Klopp, the Egyptian has developed into one of the world’s leading attackers, forming a sensational partnership with Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
He has played a crucial part in their Premier League and Champions League triumphs over the last year - and that was exactly his aim upon arrival at Anfield.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling to win a trophy like that,” he told the official club website.
“To win the Premier League after long years for the club and the city, it’s unbelievable.
“I can’t describe with words, it’s so hard to say that [how it feels]. When I came here, I said I wanted to win the Premier League - it’s my first thing in my head, I want to win the Premier League and the Champions League.
“People said, ‘If you could choose one…?’ But now I can say that I’d choose both!”