Players, coaches, fans react to Steven Gerrard leaving Liverpool

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Liverpool fans, and most soccer fans, across the world have been in shock over the past 24 hours.

They all knew that one day this moment would arrive but nobody expected it to come this soon.

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On Friday it was confirmed that Steven Gerrard will not sign a new contract with Liverpool, as the hometown hero will leave the only club he has ever played for at the age of 35 this July. A whole host of Major League Soccer teams are reportedly in the race to sign Gerrard, with the Liverpool skipper revealing his next move will be abroad.

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As the news started to sink in, players, coaches and fans around the world began to share their memories of Gerrard’s incredible 17-year career at Anfield.

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Here’s a small selection of some of the best tributes to one of the finest — if not the finest — midfielders England and Liverpool has ever produced, as his Liverpool teammates past and present led the way with a multitude of messages.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: “It is almost an impossible task to find the words to appropriately sum up Steven Gerrard. As a leader and as a man, he is probably incomparable to anyone I have ever worked with. This is an era where the word ‘legend’ is vastly overused, but in his case it actually doesn’t do him justice. As a player he is immense and the influence he has on games should never be understated. At times he has carried this club on his back and in my time here he has always shown the ability that has rightly seen him be regarded as one of the world’s best for well over a decade.”

Liverpool and England striker Daniel Sturridge: “Stevie will always be a legend, not just for Liverpool but to England as well. He will go down in history as one of the best midfielders in the game.”

Liverpool and England striker Rickie Lambert: “Stevie is his own man but he is Mr Liverpool. He is number one for me and I think he always will be. He has meant everything to me growing up as a Liverpool fan.”

Liverpool and England midfielder Jordan Henderson: “He is a top player but he is also a top person. The lads can go to him with anything and he will always help them out and put them first. That is massive as a captain. With the aura that he has got, he could be a different person but he is very humble.”