Pada ESPN Brasil, Anderson berkomentar tentang keputusan pensiun Steven Gerrard. “Saya memenangi segalanya di klub. Saya memenangkan empat trofi Premier League. Seorang pemain seperti Gerrard, yang bermain untuk Liverpool, seorang pemain yang memiliki sejarah di dunia sepak bola, tidak memenangi satupun trofi itu. Dan saya meraih empat gelar saat bermain untuk klub,” ujar Anderson. “Saya juara dunia di klub. Saya juara Liga Champions. Saya bermain di tiga partai final Liga Champions untuk klub,” sambung mantan pemain Manchester United tersebut.
Komentar tersebut jelas menyakitkan. Bagi fans Gerrard garis keras, dan tentunya bagi Gerrard sendiri. Namun, itulah kenyataannya. Trofi Piala UEFA, Piala Super UEFA, Piala Liga, Piala FA, atau bahkan Liga Champions yang pernah diraihnya menjadi berkurang kilaunya. Kalau dalam hitung-hitungan Islam, gelar-gelar tersebut bisa diibaratkan Puasa, Shalat Dhuha, Tahajud, dan sedekah yang nilainya nol. Harus ditambah solat wajib agar didepan deretan nol tersebut bisa ditambahkan angka 1. Bagi Gerrard, tiadanya trofi premier league bisa diibaratkan shalat wajib.
Following recent media speculation surrounding my future I can confirm my retirement from playing professional football.I have had an incredible career and am thankful for each and every moment of my time at Liverpool, England and LA Galaxy. I feel very fortunate to have had the career I’ve had but none of it would have been possible without the support of so many people. Firstly, I would like to thank everyone at Liverpool Football Club. I am proud to have played for and captained Liverpool for so many years and to have achieved what we achieved during my time at the club. I was lucky to play alongside some great players and under some fantastic managers during my time at Anfield and would like to thank each and every one of them, as well as all of the backroom staff at the club for the fantastic support they showed me. I would like to say a special thank you to Steve Heighway, Dave Shannon and Hugh McAuley for believing in me when I was making my way at Liverpool and for giving me the platform to go on and fulfil my dreams. Thank you to the amazing fans of Liverpool, England and LA Galaxy for the incredible backing you have given me throughout my career. Your loyalty and support has meant the world. I would like to thank Struan Marshall, my agent throughout my career, and the team at Wasserman for all of their support over the past 18 years. I feel lucky to have had such a close group of friends that I have always been able to count and rely on throughout the course of my career. Thank you to all of you. Finally, the most important thank you; to my family. I cannot thank my Mum, Dad and brother Paul enough for their unconditional support over the years, it has meant everything to me. To my wife Alex and children Lily, Lexie and Lourdes, thank you for the constant love and support you’ve shown me. You’ve been there through the good times and the bad and without you nothing would have been possible. Thank you for everything. I am excited about the future and feel I still have a lot to offer the game. I am currently taking my time to consider a number of options and will make an announcement with regards to the next stage of my career very soon.
Sudah jatuh terpeleset pula. Sudah tak punya trofi Premier League, karir Gerrard juga tergores berkat aksi akrobatiknya saat melawan Chelsea. Jadilah julukan Slippy G. Belum lagi capaian sensasionalnya saat menerima kartu merah 38 setelah ia masuk lapangan. Status one club man nyaris ia dapatkan andai ia tak hijrah ke Amerika.
Meskipun begitu, Gerrard tetaplah Gerrard. Seorang pemain besar. Menjadi bagian dalam Miracle Istanbul. Pemain yang dihormati kawan, juga lawan.
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
This day was always going to come but it’s still sad to see one of the greatest midfielders in the game retire… It was a pleasure to captain a national team knowing we had Stevie in our midfield and also a pleasure to have played against him despite this challenge he was a good friend on and off the field … A player that can run , pass , tackle , head , set up goals and score goals a true all rounder .. Good luck to Stevie and his beautiful family … @england @stevengerrard
Ti guardavo in TV da ragazzo,ti ho ammirato e studiato in tutto e per tutto. Per me uno dei centrocampisti più forti e completi che abbia mai visto e affrontato in campo. Leggenda e bandiera del proprio club. Esempio come uomo e calciatore! In bocca al lupo per tutto @stevengerrard I watched you on the TV as a child, I admired you and studied your every move. For me one of the strongest and most complete midfielder players that I have ever seen and ever met on the pitch. A legend and an emblem of your club. An example both as a person and as a player! Good luck with everything @stevengerrard #Gerrard #MC8
— Javier Zanetti (@javierzanetti) November 24, 2016
One of the best I’ve played with. One of the best I’ve played against. One of the best there has ever been. Enjoy your retirement mate 👏🏼👏🏼 pic.twitter.com/Vh0vbxy6aS
— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) November 25, 2016
Steven Gerrard dapet uang pensiun dari Liverpool tiap bulannya, ngambil di taspen.
— Ben (@bebiben) November 24, 2016
PT TASPEN (PERSERO)
— PT TASPEN (PERSERO) (@taspenkita) November 25, 2016