Lyon hope to involve Liverpool in a Gérard Houllier memorial match. Their president is in the process of formalising the event.
Lyon are planning on a series of tributes to Gérard Houllier after the great man passed late last year. This could even include renaming their training ground.
That’s according to Jean-Michel Aulas in an interview with Eurosport.
The Lyon president admits they may rename their training ground, as well as having a permanent memorial to Houllier. He also hopes to have a match with Liverpool in tribute to the legendary coach.
Houllier, of course, is a huge figure in Liverpool’s history. He took over the team at the end of a bitterly disappointing 90s and turned them back into winners.
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The pinnacle there was the 2000/01 campaign that saw Liverpool win the League Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Cup. It’ll forever be one of the greatest seasons in the club’s history.
Unfortunately, a series of poor transfers prevented Houllier from delivering the Premier League title. The best he managed was 2nd in 2001/02 – a campaign remembered for Houllier almost giving his life for the club.
He missed five months of the season with a heart condition before returning in one of the most emotional moments Anfield has ever seen.
Houllier left the club in 2004 before joining Lyon a year later. There, he delivered two Ligue 1 titles in his only two seasons with the club.
What RTK has to say
If Lyon want to hold a memorial event, then Liverpool should absolutely get involved.
But that shouldn’t stop Liverpool from holding their own at Anfield once fans are back. Houllier will forever mean so much to the club and everyone involved – there should be a proper remembrance.
Because make no mistake, Liverpool are where they are because of the foundations Houllier laid. He’s one of the greatest people to ever associate themselves with Liverpool we sincerely hope that’s honoured both with Lyon and at Anfield.