Liverpool fans went to Twitter and celebrated former Reds’ manager Gerard Houllier’s 72nd birthday.
The football club took to social media and sent a special message to Houllier, with an image of him grasping the UEFA Cup in Dortmund after a 5-4 victory against Deportivo Alaves in 2001.
The French gaffer will forever be remembered for being the first person from outside the British Isles to take the manager’s helm at Anfield, and who made many changes in the way that Liverpool went about their daily routine alongside Roy Evans in 1998. He famously made eight signings in 2000, which included the likes of Gary McAllister, Markus Babbel and Emile Heskey, and found himself winning five trophies just 12 months later in what was an extraordinary season.
Happy birthday, Gerard Houllier! ???? pic.twitter.com/eQ0794KdiM
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 3, 2019
Houllier would go on to manager Liverpool until 2004 until he made way from Spanish manager Rafael Benitez, which he enjoyed a overall win percentage in charge of the Reds of 51%. Arguably, his best move as manager was giving the opportunity to a young Steven Gerrard and handing him the captain’s armband.
Here are some of the best tributes that were sent by Liverpool supporters:
The Maestro! Helped put Liverpool back into the mix and won us a magnificent treble!
— VorsprungdurchJürgen ✋????☝???? (@happydobbin44) September 3, 2019
His biggest achievement was making Stevie a Liverpool captain. Happy birthday legend
— XOLANI (@SolXolani) September 3, 2019
I think this man needs to be on the Banner of coaches at the Kop end
— Afrohall (@quojoclaude) September 3, 2019
— Rehmaan Kassam (@Nomad2888) September 3, 2019
Happy birthday Gerard Houllier ???????????????????? hope you have a blessed day. Top legend that done so much for liverpool as a manager. Loved him.
— Keeley (@Keeleyeveline_) September 3, 2019
The New Revolution started with Houllier… The fruits of his work are seen now.
A true @LFC legend!!
Happy Birthday ????
— D.R. Maisiri (@The_New_Maisiri) September 3, 2019
Happy Birthday Legend #YNWA
— #ShivamDubeSZN (@karthik_jammy) September 3, 2019
— Curt M (@curtynwa) September 3, 2019