Ex-Liverpool forward Luis Garcia has announced his retirement at the age of 35.
In a statement on his website, Garcia said: "Today I've decided to retire as a professional footballer, thanking the interest of the teams that talked to me in recent weeks, but I think it's time to end this important chapter in my life and move to the next page."
Garcia was keen to pay a special tribute to Liverpool, a club he enjoyed three successful seasons at, saying: "[Thanks] to Liverpool FC, for making me pass through the history of international football and be part of the Red family, forever.
"To each and every one of the people over 17 years of [my] career that have been with me, have helped me and supported me at every stage I have lived, and although not mentioned one by one, I will be forever grateful."
Garcia was most famous for his role in Liverpool's 2004-05 Champions League campaign, which culminated in the Merseyside club famously defeating AC Milan on penalties, after being 3-0 down at half-time, to claim their fifth European Cup.
His impact in the semi-final clash with Chelsea will be what lives in the memories of every Liverpool fan. He scored the famous 'ghost goal' which sent the Reds through 1-0 on aggregate.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was convinced that William Gallas hooked the ball clear before it crossed the line, even television replays proved inconclusive.
Garcia moved to Anfield in 2004 for around £6m, having previously played for Atletico Madrid and Barcelona. He scored 30 goals in 121 appearances for Liverpool, before deciding to re-join Atletico in 2007.
He has since played for Racing Santander, Panathinaikos and Mexican sides Puebla and Pumas UNAM.
He had been out of contract since the end of last season after Pumas decided not to offer him a new deal. Despite a few offers, he decided that now was the right time to hang up his boots.
Liverpool - January transfer targets
Liverpool - January transfer targets
1/13 Yevhen Konoplyanka - Ukrainian international winger who impressed against England in recent World Cup qualifiers. Happy playing on either flank.
2/13 Javier Pastore - Very impressive and highly rated as a youngster, the Argentine international's career has stalled slightly since his £40m move to PSG. With the French club pursuing Juan Mata, a move to Liverpool could help Pastore get his career back on track and secure his World Cup place. For Liverpool it looks like they could secure some top quality reinforcement fairly reasonably.
3/13 Will Hughes - Derby's teenage midfielder has been consistently linked with a move to Anfield. However despite Brendan Rodgers' penchant for nurturing young talent, the Liverpool manager has so far denied he will be making a move.
Liverpool are interested in Derby midfielder Will Hughes
4/13 Michu - Last season's sensation has suffered slightly from second season syndrome but nevertheless he remains an excellent player. The Spaniard recently expressed an interest in playing at a higher level, could his signing help Liverpool secure a precious Champions League spot?
5/13 Hakan Calhanoglu - Hamburg's young star has also attracted the attention of Arsenal but with the London side packed with a surfeit of high-profile attacking midfielders, Liverpool might prove an easier place for the Turk to establish himself.
6/13 Danny Ings - With Rodgers looking to reinforce his SAS strike partnership, England U21 international Ings could be in line for a January move. The Burnley hitman has 12 league goals so far this season.
7/13 Jorginho - With Liverpool wanting to ease the strain on ageing skipper Steven Gerrard, Verona's Brazilian Jorginho could be the man to make the move to Anfield with a rumoured £15m transfer.
8/13 Claudio Marchisio - With Juventus' early Champions League exit meaning the midfielder could be on his way out in order to recoup some money, Liverpool could swoop to pick up a classy long term alternative for Gerrard.
9/13 Konstaninos Mitroglou - The Olympiakos striker's exploits this season have alerted not only Arsenal but also Liverpool to a possible January move. Would help take the strain off Suarez.
10/13 Ivan Rakitic - The Sevilla man may have a rather off-putting €40m release clause but that allegedly hasn't put off Liverpool who are still keen on the Croatian.
11/13 Salomon Rondon - Reportedly a Liverpool target when Suarez's exit from the club seemed inevitable, Rondon could be on his way out at Rubin Kazan and Liverpool may well renew their interest in the forward.
12/13 Ola Toivonen - The Swede is available on a free in the summer but Rodgers is said to be hopeful of taking him on loan before then. His versatility could prove handy at Anfield.
13/13 Kevin Volland - Liverpool are said to be one of five Premier League clubs after the young winger whose performances in the Bundesliga have impressed.
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