By Will Butcher

Liverpool fans have thanked Steven Gerrard on Twitter after the club legend retired from professional football.

The 36-year-old announced his retirement on Thursday, after deciding to quit MLS outfit LA Galaxy following 18 months in America.

A Liverpool legend, Gerrard will be remembered as one of the greatest ever players in the club’s history after making a huge total of 710 league and cup appearances.

Gerrard is also Liverpool’s fifth highest goalscorer with 186 strikes during his 17-year stay at Anfield.

The iconic midfield star became captain of the Merseyside giants in 2003 after replacing Sami Hyypia and also captained England from 2012 to 2014.

Liverpool fans were disappointed on Twitter to see their former number eight announce his retirement, but wished him the best of luck for the future as rumours over a potential management role gather momentum.

Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:

During his time at Liverpool, Gerrard won the Champions League, two FA Cups and the UEFA Cup and even came third in the 2005 edition of the Ballon d’Or.

Gerrard recently rejected a move to League One outfit MK Dons to become their manager, while Serie A giants Inter Milan were rumoured to have offered him a short-term deal.

The ex-midfielder now set to continue his work as a pundit for BT Sport, while looking to earn his coaching badges.

In other Liverpool news, Joe Gomez has identified the challenge he faces as he looks to return from injury.