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Steven Gerrard hangs up his boots

Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard has hung up his boots and announced his retirement.

The 36-year-old, who turned out 710 times for Liverpool and won 8 major trophies with the Reds, has confirmed that his 19-year playing career is over.

In an exclusive interview with Gary Lineker, the former Liverpool captain said: “There’s a few reasons really.

“Obviously you’re aware of this time coming, towards the end, the body starts talking to you. The pains and the aches get more regular. The way you feel out there on the pitch changes.

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“Over the last couple of years, I’ve felt myself slowing down a little bit if you like. I basically can’t deliver what I used to be able to deliver and that becomes a little bit frustrating as time goes on.

“Also I’ve listened to people over the years, important people in the game who I trust, who I have a lot of respect for, who have said to me: ‘Always go with a tiny bit left . Never over stay your welcome and play on too long where it becomes embarrassing’ so I can feel that’s not too far away so now’s the right time.

“I think my last 3 or 4 months at LA Galaxy I was getting too many injuries. I didn’t really feel as sharp as I used to. The games were becoming more challenging, especially in altitude and heat, humidity, the travel, it was affecting me.”

He added: “I think I’d like to do a bit of both (TV work and coaching). Obviously, now I’m really excited to get back to work with BT and cover the Champions League and Premier League. It’s something I’ve been looking forward to doing once I return.

“In the future, I definitely have dreams and aspirations of having a go at management or assisting a manager and being back involved in the dressing room but I have many, many years to do that.

“The important thing for me now is to concentrate on working with BT and in my spare time to try and gain some experience.”

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