The former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has spoken about the death of his son Trent and his father Trent.
The Liverpool midfielder revealed on Friday that his son died of complications from lung cancer on April 12.
The 32-year-old, who is also the club’s chairman, said he was “disappointed” by the news, and that he was sorry for Trent’s death.
“It’s something that I was not prepared for and I think it was very difficult to deal with it,” Gerrard told the Liverpool Echo.
“I’m sad for him, I’m disappointed, and it’s just difficult to process what’s happened and not be able to say goodbye to him.”
Trent died of lung cancer at the age of 31, three months before his 26th birthday.
The former captain’s death has been the subject of a huge media storm in the United States and around the world.
Gerrard said his son had suffered from a rare form of lung disease called a non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).
“He was a very talented player, he was a really good footballer and he was my idol, he played with my boy, he went on to play for England, he had a great career, he loved football,” he said.
“And that’s what he was meant to be, he could do it all.”
But it just got to the point where the disease just wasn’t going to be able, the only way to deal is to make a decision.
“So I’m really sad that he died.”
To be honest I’ve been very, very saddened by it, I’ve really lost a very good, good, dear friend.
“Tristan, now 28, was born on January 17, 1996.
The pair had been inseparable throughout their careers, with Gerrard saying that Trent would often play the piano at the family home before going out to the pub and catching up with friends.”
We’d always have a piano, we’d play in the park and I would sometimes play in Trent’s room at home, and I’d take him out and we’d watch a movie together, and he’d always say, ‘Dad, I don’t know what I’m doing’, but I knew, I knew that he had to play,” Gerrard said.
Trent and his family attended the funeral of former Liverpool midfielder Bobby Moore, who died of colon cancer in 2010.
He was also the subject to an online petition in support of his brother.
The petition, which has garnered over 2,000 signatures, has been endorsed by Gerrard, his wife Linda, his son Ben and his son-in-law Steven Gerrard.”
Trent was a great, great footballer and a great friend and a wonderful human being,” Gerrard added.”
The only thing that we are sad about is that Trent was too young to live to see what a fantastic career he had, and the world will never know what he’s achieved.
“Gerrards death has led to a storm of criticism from fans and players.
Liverpool have already faced calls to apologise to fans who took to social media to express their sadness.”
There was a lot of shock and pain and sadness when it happened,” Gerrard’s former teammate, Jamie Carragher, told Sky Sports.”
He had a really big influence on my career, so it was quite sad for me.
“Obviously, it’s tough to talk about when it happens, but I feel for everyone who had him and loved him.”