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Former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier dies aged 73

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Former Liverpool and France manager Gerard Houllier has passed away at the age of 73. 

The news comes after the Frenchman had undergone a heart operation three weeks ago in Paris and was later discharged from the hospital. Houllier had returned home on Sunday but tragically died overnight. 

Gerard Houllier arrived at Liverpool as the joint-manager with Roy Evans in the summer of 1998, before taking the sole responsibility just four months later. 

During his six-year stint at Anfield, Houllier helped the Reds win the FA Cup, two League Cups and the UEFA Cup, among other club titles.

After his successful managerial career at Liverpool, Houllier returned to France where he managed Lyon before returning to the Premier League to manage Aston Villa.

Interestingly, he had also managed Paris Saint-Germain and the French national team before taking over at Liverpool.

Former England forward Gary Lineker took to Twitter and described him as “one of football’s smartest, warmest and loveliest people”.

Tributes have started to pour in after the devastating news on Monday morning.

Feature image courtesy: AFP / Adrian Dennis

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