Luis Garcia thanks the Liverpool fans

Millionaire mercenary footballers? Foreigners destroying our game? Luis Garcia today proved you shouldn't believe everything you read in the papers.

The player who moved to Atletico Madrid the day before Fernando Torres moved the opposite way has today had a letter published on Liverpool FC's Official Website to say thanks for his time at Anfield.

The letter is as follows:

Dear Reds

First of all I'd like to apologise for not having been back in touch sooner, but I needed to take some time to take on board all the recent changes and then to put down these words for you.I'm sure you will understand.

I would rather this be a letter of thanks and gratitude, not simply a goodbye.

Yes, thats right, gratitude, because that is the word that best sums up my feelings for you all.

Taking the decision to change clubs hasn't been easy. Not easy at all.

I've experienced three fantastic years at the club and in the city. Three years in which together, the fans and the team, we have accomplished some fantastic achievements, and I'm sure that these successes will continue to be repeated in the near future.

You know that I like a challenge and that I don't just settle for second best.

Back then Liverpool Football Club gave me the opportunity to be part of an ambitious plan to put the Reds back at the summit of the game.

I think that together we managed to achieve that.

As I said, I do like challenges and in spite of the fact that at that time I was playing for my home town club, one of the biggest in the world, I wanted to be a part of that project that was being presented to me by Liverpool, and so I accepted the challenge.

Now, after three seasons in the Premier League and having won some major trophies, the chance came up for me to return to La Liga and be part of a new project at a club I already knew.

The idea of enjoying things in a Spanish club like we experienced together at Liverpool over these last three years appealed to me, and thats why I accepted the offer.

I want to thank everyone working at Liverpool Football Club for how well they have treated both my family and I, making us feel at home from the very first day to the last.

I also want to thank the management, coaching staff and directors for the opportunity they gave me back then to be part of such an important and well-loved club as Liverpool. A club which has helped me to grow as a footballer and where to date I have enjoyed the biggest success of my career.

Without a doubt, this success has been possible thanks to the outstanding group of players with whom Ive been able to share a dressing room over the last three seasons.

I'm not going to mention anyone specifically, because I think that the secret of this team's success has been exactly that: nobody wanted to stand out above the rest and there has always been a great togetherness in the squad, which made it into something more than a group of players, it was a group of friends.

Thanks to all of you for your help and your friendship.

I've left until last the thank you which for me is the most important: Thank you to the supporters.

Your support allowed me to settle quickly at both the club and in the city, and you made me feel really at ease with you all right from the word go; that's the kind of help that you notice most of all during the difficult times, of which there have been a few during my time here.

I'd like to especially thank you for making up a song for me and you should know that every time I heard you singing it, it was like an extra injection of strength and motivation, even helping me to overcome pain occasionally during a game.

Your unconditional support is the thing that ensures that this team manages to pull through in the most difficult circumstances; and I can assure you that the whole squad is aware of this and thanks you for it.

A football club isn't just made up of players, coaches and directors. More than anything else it's the supporters who make a club, and that perhaps is the ingredient which best distinguishes Liverpool Football Club from every other team. The supporters.

Because if one thing has remained obvious to me after these few years, it's that with supporters like you, Liverpool Football Club will never walk alone.

I really hope that the club wins lots of major trophies in the future; I'll be following it all from a distance, with the pride that you can only get from having been a Red and played for the home team at Anfield – a ground that every football fan must visit at least once in their life.

Thank you for everything. Yours most sincerely,

Your friend, Luís García

We've wished you well before on your move Luis, as have tons of fans both via the site and on the forums.

Luis - You're a Liverpool legend!

11 comments on
Luis Garcia thanks the Liverpool fans

  1. dear Luis, i am in Sudan, i love you still and really sad to see you leave, you are a hero and legend, Liverpool fans will always remember you in a very special way, thanx for your letter and how you love and care about lfc fans, thank you 1000 times what you delived Liverpool football club… i am crazy about you and hope one day you will be back at Anfield.

    your trully: Abdinasir Zero

  2. luis what can i say you are a legend through and through in my eyes an every other red i loved u when u steped foot in Anfield and still love you now !! thanks for the goal agianst chelsea an every other brilliant goal you have scored with the red shirt on you’ll never walk alone my friend NEVER
    come back to see us one day !!!
    luv charlie x adios amigo x

  3. thanks luis your a great player and il love you were ever you are and il dream that you come back to liverpool one day youll never walk alone were ever you are

  4. To the man who brought some spanish flair to the english game. We now you struggled a bit at first to fir the playing style of english football. But soon after you managed to add your own special touch to the team, and will be sadly missed. And as youve heard before you may move far away but “You’ll never walk alone”

  5. Luis Garcia..
    A professional, a great player that now he became a legend!
    Thanks for everything we will miss you!
    We’ve wished you well before on your move Luis…

  6. Luis, a true red!, sad to see you leave!. Who said footballers didnt care bout the fans, Luis letter shows a true respect for us fans and to what it means to wear the red shirt!. Wish you all the best for the future Luis!! thanks for everything you have helped our club to achieve!!! A true Red and always will be!!! YNWA!!

  7. Luis, although I’m a man,I shed tears while reading your letter. I’m happy you still remember us and you see guy I’ve started watching Athletica matches. I love the goal you scored against Betis( the one from outside the box, it reminded me of your typical lfc outings. I just hope the good Lord gives you the strenght to be the kind man you were with us. YNMA Garcia. I used to thumblick to ridicule chelsea fans here, oh my God where is the thumblicking Guy? Though your dreams be tossed and blown, Walk on Garcia with hope in your hearth and you will never walk alone.

  8. As a Liverpudlian born and bred,having grown up in Anfield now living in South Africa, I want to salute Luis Garcia and all the other “reds”. I will never stop being a supporter and watch every match that they show on satelite. Liverpool is one of the most widely supported teams throughout the world and you should see the pubs here when they are in any final – it’s wild! We love you always and look forward to the next trophy. I am proud to be a supporter.

  9. Goodbye Garcia and good luck at Athletico Madrid… wish you all the best and a lot of sucess in your new team. U will allways be my Anfield hero

  10. Luis garcia, a true red. at lfc for 3 seasons and took the time to say that. Michael Owen was meant to be a true red but he jumped ship for all the wrong reasons. Luis garcia will always and always has been liked by the lfc fans and we would take him back but me and a lot of other fans wouldnt want Owen back.

  11. Luis, what a man, player and professional you have been, not just at Liverpool but at all your clubs.
    Your kind words to all involved at Liverpool will be received by warm hearts everywhere.
    You knew how to frustrate on the pitch, but you also knew how the beautiful game should be played.
    I hope you’ve become an inspiration to many aspiring young players all around the world.
    You will be remembered mostly at Liverpool for your European performances, and my treasured memory of you, will not be of your goals, but what you did on that historical night in Istanbul.
    After each Liverpool goal that night, your thought was not to celebrate, but to get that football out of the net and get the game going as soon as possible. All 3 goals you did that, THANK YOU. You believed in Liverpool Football Club that night, you played your part and thankfully you got your rewards – a winners medal.
    Thank You Luis for everything.
    Good luck mate.

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