I’ve been back on Twitter and seen how users have been reacting to events in the world of football this week, and the most prominent is the news that Steven Gerrard will leave Liverpool in the summer when his contract runs out.
The 34 year old was not offered a new contract last summer and has now confirmed he will depart Anfield. Gerrard will follow fellow Englishmen such as David Beckham and Jermain Defoe by moving to the MLS, and has agreed a deal with Becks’ former club Los Angeles Galaxy. How has Twitter reacted to the news and who has been paying their tributes to the Reds skipper?
I’ll start with the fans’ reactions, and having been at Liverpool for 17 years, many fans have grown up with Gerrard at the heart of the team.
He has been a hero in many Reds’ eyes as well as a role model for aspiring young footballers all across the country.
Piers Morgan sticks on that theme – Gerrard has never been over the top or arrogant, just classy. Almost like an English Andrea Pirlo.
Now for the tributes from Gerrard’s former team-mates. There’s a hell of a lot, so here are a selection…
Peter Crouch played alongside Gerrard for both Liverpool and England.
Another striker, this time a more recent team-mate, still thinks of Gerrard in sunny Barcelona.
A great friend of Gerrard’s, Jamie Carragher made his Liverpool debut two years before Gerrard and spent his whole career at Anfield. You can tell he’s a pundit too, with this very true comment.
In his first game after the announcement, Gerrard went and score two for Liverpool to win the FA Cup tie against AFC Wimbledon. This tweet was sent after the game.
Sticking with the FA Cup, what a special occasion this would be…
He’s had a great career, and has become one of the great goalscoring midfielders of our generation. Good luck Stevie G!
Oh yeah, I forgot to put this one in. I just had to, sorry Liverpool fans!