Liverpool Great Steven Gerrard Has Finally Hung Up His Slippery Boots

He was 36.

There are many certainties in this life. Sunsets, global warming, and the fact that Nigel Farage would somehow survive a nuclear holocaust are some. But the one that nobody ever thought would actually happen, actually happened today.

Steven Gerrard hung up his boots. He was 36.

The former England and Liverpool stalwart announced his retirement after his LA Galaxy side were dumped out of the MLS play-offs earlier this month, losing a penalty shootout to Colorado Rapids.

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That was a short stint. He'll mostly be remembered as Liverpool's longest serving captain with 710 appearances for his boyhood club.

The man they called "Stevie G" led The Reds to Champions League glory in 2005; to FA Cup triumph in 2001 and 2006; to League Cup victory in 2001, 2003, 2012; and to UEFA Cup domination in 2001. He punched a man in bar in 2008.

For England, he won 114 caps – the fourth most prolific England player in history after Peter Shilton, Wayne Rooney and David Beckham.

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In a statement, he said: "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."

He said he'd had a "fortunate career" and is "excited about the future".

He is survived at Liverpool by Jordan Henderson, and some others.