As Liverpool’s captain announced his departure from the club after 25 years the focus is no longer on his rapid decline in form and relevance this season. Instead it has shifted, at least temporarily, to the great things he has achieved during his time at Anfield.
34 is hardly ancient in modern football but after a decade of carrying mediocre Liverpool teams to FA Cups, League Cups and Champions League glory he has looked worn down this season. How much of that is the mental effect of last season’s slip we can’t know but a move to the MLS could breath new life into his career, as it did with David Beckham, Robbie Keane and Thierry Henry.
Liverpool fans will feel a mixture of sadness and relief. Sad to see a great player go, relief because the team has started having to carry him.
Here is one of the better hastily cobbled together Youtube compilations to stir up a little Gerrard related nostalgia. Chosen almost entirely for it’s lack of terrible dance music.
And now here are some of the Twitter responses from former team-mates, ex-Reds and assorted famous folk.
Luis Suarez opens his mouth and it’s not to bite someone or utter something potentially racist:
With you I have lived one of the best moments of my career in a stadium. I am proud to say I played with a legend like you. 1/2
— Luis Suarez (@LuisSuarez9) January 2, 2015
The Spanish waiter who helped serve up Gerrard’s crowning achievement:
Xabi Alonso keeps it as classy as ever..
No man owes Gerrard more than Djimi.
It’s Franco Baresi, I mean, that’s like being praised by Moses.
Former women’s tennis world number 1 Caroline Wozniacki took some time out from cyber-stalking Rory McIlroy to praise the soon to be departing Liverpool captain:
Best player ever to play for lfc ! He will be missed! All the best to stevengerrard and his lovely… http://t.co/E9CuVnNTSX
— Caroline Wozniacki (@CaroWozniacki) January 2, 2015
Former Reds players wade in with praise:
Mr Steven Gerrard thanks for your time,energy,passion and commitment to our football club,hopefully you can end on a high — Phil Thompson (@Phil_Thompson4) January 2, 2015
The Galaxy would seem the perfect fit for a player who’s been OUT OF THIS WORLD. Wherever you go, thank you & best wishes Steven Gerrard.
— Jim Beglin (@jimbeglin) January 2, 2015
Finally, Alistair Campbell trying to be funny but sounding like a bit of a d*ck.
Steven Gerrard’s next club betting:
LA Galaxy – 2/9
New York Red Bulls – 9/2
New York City FC – 6/1