Steven Gerrard has announced his retirement, ending Liverpool fans’ hopes that he will end his playing days with a final stint at Anfield.
Gerrard spent the prime of his career on his native Merseyside, helping the Reds to two FA Cups, three League Cup, UEFA Cup and a Champions League.
The 36-year-old call it quits at end of the MLS season after a season with LA Galaxy.
In a statement, he says: “As a teenager I fulfilled my childhood dream by pulling on the famous red shirt of Liverpool, and when I made my debut against Blackburn Rovers in November 1998 I could never have imagined what would then follow over the next 18 years.”
“I feel lucky to have experienced so many wonderful highlights over the course of my career.
“I am proud to have played over 700 games for Liverpool, many of which as captain, and to have played my part in helping the club to bring major honours back to Anfield, none more so than that famous night in Istanbul.”
“I feel very fortunate to have had the career I’ve had but none of it would have been possible without the support of so many people.”
Liverpool games: 710
Liverpool goals: 186
Medals with Liverpool
- FA Cup: 2000/01, 2005’06
- League Cup: 2000/01, 2002/03, 2011/12
- FA Community Shield: 2006
- UEFA Champions League: 2004/05
- UEFA Cup: 2000/01
- UEFA Super Cup: 2001