Liverpool favorite Steve Highway retired from the Reds at the age of 75, with Jamie Carragher calling him a “huge influence”.
Former winger Highway spent 25 years at the club’s academy for two spells and Liverpool have announced they have decided to retire.
Highway played for Liverpool from 1970 to 1981, winning a string of league titles and two European Cups with the Reds, scoring 76 goals in 475 games in the process.
His role as youth coach also proved to be extremely important, with Highway helping to nurture such talent as Robbie Fowler, Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen and Carragher.
What a contribution from Steve Highway @LFK as a player who has won leagues and European cups. Then he led the academy that trained McManaman, Fowler, Owen, Gerrard…among others!
A huge influence on me as a young player to this day.
Thanks Steve. https://t.co/YgCAzoqd2J
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) December 1, 2022
He was head of youth development from 1989 to 2007 before retiring, but Highway returned to the club as a full-time consultant in 2015 after being brought back by academy boss Alex Inglethorpe.
This has led him to work closely with Inglethorpe to bring in youngsters capable of claiming places in Jurgen Klopp’s first team.
Carragher, who made 737 appearances for Liverpool, was quick to thank Highway on Thursday.
He tweeted: “What a contribution Steve Highway @LFC has made as a player who has won leagues and European cups.
“Then led the academy that trained McManaman, Fowler, Owen, Gerrard…among a few others!
“A huge influence on me as a young player to this day. Thanks, Steve.”
Inglethorpe told the Liverpool website: “Steve has decided it is time to step down from his coaching position at the club.”
He described how Heighway oversees the “development of some of the most iconic players to ever play for Liverpool Football Club”.