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On this day in 2016: Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard announced retirement

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard announced his retirement from playing professional football on this day in 2016.

The former Reds captain, who spent 17 years in the first team at Anfield, was the club’s skipper from 2003 until his departure in the summer of 2015.

Gerrard remains England’s fourth most-capped player with 114 appearances and captained the side at three of the six major tournaments he played at.

“I feel lucky to have experienced so many wonderful highlights over the course of my career.

I have had an incredible career and am thankful for each and every moment of my time at Liverpool, England and LA Galaxy.

I fulfilled my childhood dream by pulling on the famous red shirt of Liverpool.”

– Steven Gerrard’s final words as a player

Story of Steven Gerrard:

The Huyton-born midfielder graduated from Liverpool’s Academy and made his senior debut as a substitute against Blackburn Rovers in November 1998, ultimately clocking up 710 games and 186 goals.

Blessed with natural abilities that made him one of the leading midfielders of his generation, Gerrard was a key figure in the treble-winning season of 2000-01, aiding Gerard Houllier’s team to triumphs in the League Cup, FA Cup, and UEFA Cup.

His influence steadily grew at Anfield, and Houllier handed him the captain’s armband in October 2003, heralding the beginning of the most consistent and prolific era of his career.

Gerrard, often single-handedly, inspired Liverpool as the club’s domestic supremacy waned, most famously in the dramatic Champions League final win against AC Milan on penalties in Istanbul in 2005 after Rafael Benitez’s side came from 3-0 down at half-time.

He became a shining symbol for the club and its supporters with 186 goals in 710 appearances, also winning two FA Cups, the UEFA Cup and three League Cups as the title consistently eluded Liverpool.

Premier League legend leaves behind one of the greatest legacies the Merseyside club has ever seen and it’s unlikely any other player will ever have the same impact as Gerrard at Anfield, again.

After bidding farewell to Anfield at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season, Gerrard joined LA Galaxy in Major League Soccer, where he played 34 games and scored five goals.

He is currently the manager of Scottish club Rangers, a position he has held since June 1, 2018, and Gerrard seems to be doing great.

Steven Gerrard has already achieved MORE as a manager than Lampard, Arteta and Solskjaer and sees a lot of Benitez in Rangers’ performances… halting Celtic’s ’10-in-a-row’ would help him on the long road home to Liverpool.

IAN HERBERT On STEVEN GERRARD

Gerrard has significantly improved the side in each of the last two seasons, he has them sitting top of the Scottish Premiership – nine points clear of Celtic, a side they justifiably beat 2-0 away, three weeks ago.

The Reds would love to see him return to the club in near future which he left as a legend.

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