Hundreds queue to meet legend Gerrard

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Steven Gerrard with his book at the signing event at LJMU. Pic by Sam Davies © JMU Journalism

Steven Gerrard with his book at the signing event at LJMU. Pic by Sam Davies © JMU Journalism

Kop hero Steven Gerrard was back in Liverpool on Friday signing copies of his new autobiography, ‘My Story’.

Hundreds of people queued up outside the Liverpool John Moores University John Lennon Art and Design Building waiting for their turn to meet him.

The event was one of the first times fans have had the chance to see the club’s former captain since he left Liverpool for LA Galaxy in the summer.

The father of three is currently training with the Liverpool first team squad and although the weather was cold on the day, fans didn’t seem to mind waiting as long as they got to meet their idol.

A few lucky competition winners were invited to attend the book signing and they were provided with a free copy of his autobiography, and were the first to meet him.

One of the entrants was 21-year-old Callum Wood, who travelled all the way from Holyhead to meet the former Liverpool captain.

He said: “I was just on Twitter and I just had to retweet something on a page. I just thought I would do it to see if I could get lucky and I got a message about it yesterday, but I wasn’t quite sure if it was real. Penguin emailed me yesterday to confirm it and I got the train up today… I’m pretty happy.”

Others who wanted to attend needed to purchase tickets online and Sam Hancock from North Wales paid the £20 entry fee – which included the book – so that he could get some Christmas presents sorted out.

He said: “I’ve brought a few books to get signed for friends and family. It’ll make a great surprise for when they open them up. I’m really excited to meet Gerrard as well, hopefully I can get a picture for my Facebook.”

Former England captain Gerrard stayed for several hours so that he could sign as many books as possible.

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