End of the Adventure
Chapter 5 Leaving Liverpool FC
Liverpool supporters had little inkling of what was to come when Steven Gerrard struck home his second successful penalty of the afternoon in a 2-2 New Year’s Day draw with Leicester City at Anfield.
He did so with the usual trademark poise that had been prevalent throughout his entire career. He clenched his fists and raised them towards the fans – a seemingly normal celebration from the captain on the outside, but on the inside he knew what was coming.
At 9am on Merseyside the following day, January 2, 2015, Gerrard announced he’d be leaving the club at the end of the campaign – later confirming he’ll be starting a new life in the United States with LA Galaxy.
"It's been a tough 24 hours and I've had to do some tough things that I'd never really thought of doing for a long, long time. Now that it's real, it's a bit of a strange feeling."
The reaction worldwide was simply overwhelming - so much so Gerrard revealed he couldn’t bring himself to read the tributes that had poured in from far and wide as they made him too emotional. Indeed, the club’s official hashtag for the news - #LFCicon – was Twitter’s leading global trend for several hours.
Steven Gerrard’s 17 years with Liverpool FC’s first team were coming to an end.