Former Liverpool captain and club legend Steven Gerrard called time on his career today, and the plaudits have been flowing in ever since.
Gerrard played for the Reds for the vast majority of his 18-year career, lifting the Champions League for the club in 2005. One of those who took to social media to praise him was former teammate Luis Suarez, who now plays for Barcelona.
Gerrard and Suarez were a key part of Liverpool’s 2013/14 title chase, where the Reds were almost successful in winning the league.
“To a captain, to a team-mate, to a friend,” it began.
“I got to Liverpool, a historic club, coming from another historic club. And amongst my team-mates, Steven Gerrard. A model of the club, in the Premier League and outside the championship as well. He shrunk the field on defence, was a great shoot and a great goalscorer and was a very skilled passer. A unique player indeed.
“As weeks went by Steven showed himself as a true leader. He was a natural and an ambitious player on the field and a good and consistent team-mate off the field. He was always of great support and that me lots of valuable things while pulling the best from me.
“Thank you very much Steven. For being by my side during my career’s tougher times. For supporting me no matter what and gifting me advice so many times. Our relationship goes beyond the football field. You were always with me even when some others were not. So many chats, so many times you helped me reconsider situations, and always in order to teach me – like an older brother teaches his younger one.
“We went through so much together and fought for big things to come for our club. This will be imprinted forever in my memories.
“My friend. YNWA.”
— Luis Suarez (@LuisSuarez9) November 24, 2016
A number of Premier League stars have all paid respect to Gerrard, including Xabi Alonso, Rio Ferdinand and Fernano Torres.