By Harvey Byrne

Leeds captain Liam Cooper has paid tribute to Steven Gerrard on Twitter following the iconic midfielder’s retirement.

Gerrard, 36, announced he was hanging up his boots on Thursday afternoon after leaving MLS side LA Galaxy earlier in the month.

The Reds legend made 710 appearances for the club during his 18-year professional career and one encounter saw him face Cooper.

The 25-year-old shared an image on his personal Twitter account of him playing for Hull against Gerrard.

He stated that he “was lucky to have shared a pitch with a legend of the game,” while wishing him a happy retirement.

Cooper broke through the Tigers academy in 2008, where he stayed for five years before moving to Chesterfield in 2013.

He then transferred from the Spireites to Leeds in 2014 for an undisclosed fee.

He has established himself as a regular in the Yorkshire giants’ side, playing in 81 fixtures during his two years.

The defender could play against more Reds legends on Tuesday with Leeds travelling to Anfield to face Liverpool in the EFL Cup Quarter Final round.

However, Garry Monk has favoured Pontus Jansson and Kyle Bartley at the back this season and Cooper may have to settle for a bench position.

In other Leeds news, Roofe has shared a message on Twitter about this Manchester United attacker.