Former Liverpool and England captain, Steven Gerrard has officially announced his retirement from professional football.
In his 19-year incredible career, Gerrard made 710 appearances for Liverpool, scoring 186 goals and winning eight major trophies, including the Champions League in 2005, before joining MLS side LA Galaxy in 2015.
Gerrard, England’s fourth most-capped player behind Peter Shilton, Wayne Rooney and David Beckham, he represented his country on 114 occasions and captained England at three major tournaments.
At club level, Steven Gerrard remains the only player to have scored in an FA Cup, League Cup, Champions League and Uefa Cup final. He was Liverpool’s longest-ever serving captain. He lifted the FA Cup on two occasions as well as starring in Liverpool’s penalty shoot-out Champions League victory against Milan in Istanbul.
He made 710 appearances for his boyhood club, inspiring them to their infamous Champions League final victory over AC Milan in 2005 while also helping the Reds win the FA Cup twice (2001, 2006), the League Cup on three occasions (2001, 2003, 2012) and the UEFA Cup once (2001) during an 18-year association with the club.
The 36-year-old has now decided to call time on considering his options before deciding on his next career move, having admitted this week that he spoke to MK Dons about their vacant managerial position, but felt the role had come too soon for him.
Gerrard confirmed his retirement in a statement on Thursday saying:
“I have had an incredible career and am thankful for each and every moment of my time at Liverpool, England and LA Galaxy.
“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.
“At an international level, I feel privileged to have won 114 England caps and to have had the honour of captaining my country. I will always look back with great pride at every time I pulled on the England shirt.
“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.
“I am excited about the future and feel I still have a lot to offer the game, in whatever capacity that may be. I am currently taking my time to consider a number of options and will make an announcement with regards to the next stage of my career very soon.”
Steven Gerrard played his last match before confirming his retirement in LA Galaxy’s 5-1 win over Colorado Rapids in the MLS on 6 November 2016.