steve heighway

Following recent media speculation surrounding my future I can confirm my retirement from playing professional football.

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.

Firstly, I would like to thank everyone at Liverpool Football Club. I am proud to have played for and captained Liverpool for so many years and to have achieved what we achieved during my time at the club.
I was lucky to play alongside some great players and under some fantastic managers during my time at Anfield and would like to thank each and every one of them, as well as all of the backroom staff at the club throughout my time there for the fantastic support they showed me.

I would like to say a special thank you to Steve Heighway, Dave Shannon and Hugh McAuley for believing in me when I was making my way at Liverpool and for giving me the platform to go on and fulfil my dreams.
Thank you to the amazing fans of Liverpool, England and LA Galaxy for the incredible backing you have given me throughout my career. Your loyalty and support has meant the world.
I would like to thank Struan Marshall, my agent throughout my career, and the team at Wasserman for all of their support over the past 18 years.

Away from football, I feel lucky to have had such a close group of friends that I have always been able to count and rely on throughout the course of my career. Thank you to all of you.

Finally, the most important thank you; to my family. I cannot thank my Mum, Dad and brother Paul enough for their unconditional support over the years, it has meant everything to me. To my wife Alex and children Lily, Lexie and Lourdes, thank you for the constant love and support you’ve shown me. You’ve been there throughout both the good times and the bad and without you nothing would have been possible. Thank you for everything.

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.

Gerrard’s farewell press conference (14.05.15)

“I want to finish on a high at Anfield but there’s no getting away from it, it will be emotional.”

“I’m proud of what I’ve achieved here. I grew up dreaming of playing for Liverpool just one time.”

“I feel bit sorry for my teammates this week as focus all on me. Never my intention to grab any glory, always about the team here.”

“I am going to miss it so much. Plan is to stay strong and avoid the tears. I’ve loved every minute of representing these supporters. I’ve always tried to be the best I can be.”

I want to play every minute possible in these last 2 games. I want to be involved against Stoke. This season we fell a bit short. But there’s a fantastic core of players here with great potential. I’m proud of what I’ve achieved here. I grew up dreaming of playing for Liverpool just one time. I’m looking forward to the match, I want to finish on a high.”

Istanbul the pinnacle. How the evening panned out, will go down in history as greatest night ever. I was proudest man on planet.”

Hat-trick against Everton at Anfield was so sweet after all the stick I’ve taken from the blue noses over the years.”

“I’d take bits and bobs from them all if I go on to become a manager. I wish I had met Brendan Rodgers earlier in my career.

“From 8 to 18, Hughie McAuley, Steve Heighway and Dave Channon prepared me for the demands of being a professional footballer.”

“I owe a lot to Gerard Houllier. He was like a father figure to me.”

Rafa Benitez improved me so much tactically as a player.”

“To take a coaching role at this club, firstly you have to be good enough. Just because I’m Steven Gerrard, doesn’t matter.

“I’m doing my UEFA coaching badges at the moment.

Liverpool football team of 1977 pose for a group photograph with manager Bob Paisley and their trophies for the year on display including the League Championship, European Cup trophy and Charity Shield. They are back L to R: Joey Jones, Phil Thompson, Ray Clemence, Alan Hansen and John Toshack Middle row l to r: Joe Fagan coach, Alec Lindsay, David Fairclough, Ray Kennedy, David Johnson, Phil Neal and trainer Ronnie Moran Front row: Jimmy Case, Ian Callaghan, Tommy Smith, manager Bob Paisley, captain Emlyn Hughes, Steve Heighway and Terry McDermott. 1st July 1977.