Liverpool’s captain Jordan Henderson is leading the tributes to Ex-manager of Liverpool, Gerard Houllier whose death was announced on Monday morning.
Jordan Henderson who captained Liverpool to a Champions League and Premier League wins, taking to his official social media handle on Monday 14th December 2020, posted a photo of the ex-manager, with a tribute that says:
“”A great man and a great manager. Liverpool will be forever grateful. Gérard Houllier – Repose en paix,” he said.
Liverpool as a club, also posted a message on their social media handle to mourn the death of their ex-manager.
The club took to their social media to say:
“We are mourning the passing of our treble-winning manager, Gerard Houllier. The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool Football Club are with Gerard’s family and many friends. Rest in peace, Gerard Houllier 1947-2020” the club said.
Gerard Houllier who died at the age of 73, managed Liverpool from 1998 to 2004. He was one of the successful managers at Anfield as he won five trophies in a trophy-laden stint.
The former Aston Villa and Lyon manager died just days after he underwent a heart operation, as his death was confirmed on Monday in France.
Gerard Houllier suffered from bad health during his time on Merseyside, with his assistant Phil Thompson having to take charge of the side for half a season in 2001 after the Frenchman was diagnosed with a heart condition.
Houllier was forced into emergency surgery and the condition troubled him throughout the remainder of his career, despite making a return to football.
After departing Liverpool in 2004, Houllier joined Lyon a year later but he felt he had unfinished business in England and made a surprise return to the Premier League with Aston Villa in 2010.
Houllier lasted just a season at Villa Park after he fell ill towards the end of his first campaign in Birmingham and he subsequently stepped down due to his poor health.
Other Premier League players, especially Liverpool players have taken to their social media handles to share a message of tribute to the ex-manager.
My condolences to his family and friends. RIP GERARD HOULLIER
Absolutely devastated to hear the tragic news of Gerard’s passing. I had the privilege of spending time with him on several occasions during my tenure @LFC
He loved the club, adored the city, and was proud to call himself an adopted Scouser. #YNWA
RIP Gerard Houllier Legend, Gentlemen, Gaffer