Managers, team-mates, rivals and pundits have all had their say on the Liverpool captain’s decision to end his 17-year career for the Reds.
Here’s a selection of the reaction to his announcement…
Jamie Carragher, former team-mate and Sky Sports pundit
It was Stevie’s decision, but could the club have maybe done a little bit more? Maybe spoken about a coaching role in the future to try to entice him to stay?
No one should have a job at a club for life just because of what they have done as a player. But to lose that experience at the club which could be passed on to the youngsters and academy players, from the club’s and supporters’ point of view I would have liked to have seen him stay in some capacity.