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TWITTER SPECIAL: Reina, Arbeloa and Xabi in awe of Liverpool great Gerrard

Steven Gerrard has announced that he will be leaving Liverpool at the end of the season after 25 years at the famous club.

The 34-year old Reds captain has opted to end his time at Anfield at the culmination of the current campaign and as expected, the news has sent shockwaves around the general football community.

Below is a collection of Tweets from Gerrard's past and present teammates who took to Twitter to let their adoration of the former England skipper be known to all.

First off, Liverpool FC paid tribute to their influential midfielder who has lifted the Champions League trophy, FA Cup and League Cup as captain of the club.

Bayern Munich star Xabi Alonso, who played alongside Gerrard between 2004 and 2009, was full of praise for his old mate.

Goalkeeper Pepe Reina, now with Bayern, spent almost a decade with Gerrard as a teammate.

Luis Garcia shared the midfield with Gerrard during his stint on Merseyside from 2004 to 2007.

Swansea City's Jonjo Shelvey has previously labelled 'Stevie G' as his footballing idol.

It was an honour to get the chance to play alongside Steven Gerrard .. Will always be a legend.
Jonjo Shelvey (@shelveyJ) January 2, 2015

Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva learnt his trade from the Anfield legend and spoke highly of him in a post on his Instagram account.

Former Reds defender Daniel Agger, now back with Brondby, respected Gerrard more as a man and a leader.

Real Madrid left-back Alvaro Arbeloa had two-and-a-half years with the Reds great.

Stoke City striker Peter Crouch reserved some very special words for his former colleague.

Liverpool youth academy product Martin Kelly, now with Crystal Palace, grew up idolizing Gerrard.

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