Liverpool heroes lead tributes to Gerard Houllier as ex-Reds boss dies aged 73

Liverpool legend Gerard Houllier has tragically passed away this morning following heart surgery last month, leading to an outpouring of love on social media.

The Frenchman, who struggled with his health at points during his stints with Liverpool and Aston Villa, was a much-loved football figure.

But Houllier lost his battle following recent heart surgery after he was discharged from hospital last night, according to reports in France.

The football world is mourning and tributes were flooding in on social media.

"Shut the door to this 2020, please! RIP Gérard Houllier," tweeted Guillem Balague.

"He was the first manager to open for me the doors to the other side, there where managers and players are themselves and where you discover how everything works.

"Have an eternal rest, my friend."

Liverpool hero Danny Murphy said on talkSPORT: "He put in place what was needed for Liverpool to be where they are now.

“I can't even put into words the impact he made on my career. I’m the person I am now because of him.”

Gary Lineker wrote: "Oh no! Gerard Houllier has passed away. One of football’s smartest, warmest and loveliest people."

Former Villa striker Darren Bent said: "R.I.P Boss , You will be missed , Could not speak highly enough of you, not just as a manager but as a person as well. Taught me to see things Differently. Condolences to the Houllier family."

Everton football club added: "Our thoughts are with the family of former France, Liverpool, PSG and Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier, as well as those close to him on Merseyside. RIP Gerard."

Former Liverpool striker Ian Rush said: "Devastated at the passing of Gérard Houllier. A true gentleman of the game, always put others first."

And Liverpool's very own first-team throw in coach had his say, tweeting: "Sad news @LFC ex-manager Gerard Houllier past away ! RIP !"

Houllier became joint first-team manager of the Liverpool together with Roy Evans back in 1998, and became sole manager in November of the same year.

He went on to guide the club to FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup glory before leaving the club in 2004 as Rafael Benitez led the club to a Champions League triumph.

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