Steven Gerrard has called time on his football career.
The former Liverpool and LA Galaxy midfielder released a statement in which he confirmed his retirement, claiming he fulfilled his childhood dream by playing for the Reds.
The 36-year-old made a total of 710 appearances for Liverpool across 17 seasons and there were plenty of standout performances.
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The inspired effort against AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League final. The virtuoso display against West Ham a year later, in which he said he struck a 30-yard equaliser in the 91st minute.
He might go down as the greatest player in Liverpool’s history. Not only was he a brilliant leader, but a loyal one, too. Gerrard was at the height of his powers when Chelsea and Real Madrid came calling but he repeatedly said no.
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It’s no wonder that his former teammates have been quick to pay tribute to the retired midfielder.
Fernando Torres, Xabi Alonso, Jamie Carragher, Pepe Reina have all sent congratulatory messages. Check them out below.
Such was Gerrard’s influence in the modern game that several other high-profile names have sent touching messages, including ex-Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas and Gerrard’s long-time Everton foe, Tim Cahill.
Next stop... coaching?
Though Gerrard wasn’t willing to confirm what his next step will be, it seems likely that he will move into a coaching role.
The former England international said he didn’t feel ready to accept the manager’s job at MK Dons. His heart obviously rests in Liverpool, and Jurgen Klopp even hinted that Gerrard could return to Anfield in some capacity.
“The door is always open. If he wants, I’m sure he will, and if he wants to make whatever career then we want to help him,” Klopp said, via the Mirror.
"I like him, and if I can help him I will. In life you need space to jump into the next thing that is new.
“When something needs to be announced, we will announce it, then we’ll talk."
The thought of seeing Gerrard standing next to Klopp on the touchline at Anfield is every Liverpool fan’s dream. It isn’t known whether he will join the German’s backroom staff or takes charge of one of the youth teams, but his retirement does pave the way for a welcome return to the club.
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