Steven Gerrard was awarded the Freedom of the Borough of Knowsley at a prestigious council ceremony on Monday night.
It is only the fourth time Knowsley has bestowed this honour in its history and this is the first time in 20 years time. It is also a fitting time for Gerrard who celebrates 10 years as a Liverpool player this month.
The Reds captain was guided into the ceremony at the Huyton Suite by a guard of honour, made up of local school children, and welcomed by a fanfare of trumpeters.
The Huyton-born star was joined by 120 guests and before the ceremony, they were all entertained by some of the borough's best young talent including performances from the Knowsley Singers and Street Feet dance group.
A proud Gerrard said: "This is a special honour for me and even more so as it is awarded so rarely, so I'd like to thank Knowsley Council."
"I'm very proud of the area that I grew up in and proud of the community I came from. These are the family and friends who have been with me since I dreamt as a boy of being a professional footballer."
Leader of Knowsley Council, Councillor Ron Round, who presented Gerrard with the award said: "The Freedom of the Borough is a special honour and, in Knowsley's case, a rare one which we only award for truly exceptional individuals. We are delighted to have bestowed this award on Steven."
"He is an excellent ambassador for Knowsley and a great role model. His story is one of talent, commitment and passion which has seen him grow into a world-class player. It sends out a message to young people everywhere that with hard work and persistance, they too can realise their dreams."
"Steven is one of the greatest individual stories to come out of Knowsley in recent years. He is truly proud of his early years in the borough and is the first to acknowledge the influence of his roots."
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