‘You'll Never Walk Alone’: As Steven Gerrard retires, football fraternity hails the midfield maestro

As Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard bid farewell to a career that saw him make over 800 appearances for club and country, football's superstars came out in droves to hail the King of the Kop and his contribution to the game.

The former Liverpool and England captain announced his retirement from professional football on Thursday at the age of 36.

Gerrard had spent 17 years at his home-town club Liverpool, 12 as captain, and won seven major honours including the 2005 Champions League before finishing his career with an 18-month stint at LA Galaxy.


His Liverpool and England team-mate Michael Owen harked back to their memories of playing together as kids.


Bayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso, Gerrard's former Liverpool teammate, reminisced the historic comeback victory in Istanbul which they shared.


Former England striker Gary Lineker expressed his gratitude for being given the opportunity to interview Gerrard one last time.


Former Liverpool defender John Arne Riise, hailed Gerrard as 'Captain Fantasitc'.


Ex-Liverpool centre-back Daniel Agger kept it simple on Twitter with a reference to 'You'll Never Walk Alone', the club anthem, accompanied by pictures of him and Gerrard.


Striker Djibril Cisse, who scored during Liverpool's 2006 FA Cup final victory, expressed sadness at Gerrard's decision.

Jamie Carragher, ex-Liverpool defender and TV pundit, looked forward to spending more nights with Gerrard at the pub.


Support came from a rather unlikely source when FC Barcelona lauded Gerrard for his achievements.


Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres, who spent many successful years with Gerrard at Liverpool, expressed his delight at sharing the stage with Gerrard.


Former Liverpool shotstopper, Pepe Reina thanked his 'amigo' for the great moments they shared.


Former Liverpool player Luis Suarez was perhaps the most eloquent of them all, praising Gerrard in this open letter.

With inputs from agencies

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Updated Date: Nov 25, 2016 12:22:29 IST

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