Gerard Houllier: Former Liverpool boss returned to Anfield in emotional scenes in 2002

Tributes flooded former Liverpool and Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier, who died at the age of 73.

RMC announced the sad news of his passing on Monday morning.

Fans of Phil Thompson, Jamie Carragher and Michael Owen visited social media to be respected.

They were joined by countless fans who showed their affection for Anfield great.

Houllier is deserved for a review of Liverpool’s squad and leading them to an impressive cup trio in 2001 when they lifted the UEFA Cup, FA Cup and League Cup.

Helping to develop likes of Carragher and Steven Gerrard, he also laid many of the foundations for their success under successor Rafael Benitez.

The Frenchman was also respected in his home country, training people like Lyon, PSG and Les Bleus.

And as long as the football world remembers, many Liverpool fans shared a clip that shows how much Houllier loved at Anfield.

In the 2001/02 season, he was plagued by health problems and he was rushed to hospital due to a heart procedure after a Premier League game against Leeds. According to the Liverpool Echoo, he was given just 48 hours to live.

He could not manage another game for five months.

The night Houllier returned

However, he was shocked to return on a special night of Champions League action on Merseyside when the Reds played Roma.

“Here’s the emperor returning to Anfield” roared the commentator as he stepped out into the stands to be greeted with a hug from Giallorossi’s boss Fabio Capello.

Houllier reportedly ignored doctors’ advice to go to the game and even gave the team speech.

Jari Litmanen scored an early penalty and Emile Heskey then made it 2-0 to ensure Liverpool qualified for the Champions League quarter-finals.

“It means a lot, he came back, he did a lot for a lot of players here, greatly improved them,” Heskey said after the game.

It was a deeply emotional night that ended with Houllier sharing a special moment with The Kop while they sang You’re Never Walk Alone. Rest in peace, Gerard.

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