Former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier has died at the age of 73.

Houllier was in charge of Liverpool from 1998-2004 and most memorably won the treble in 2000/01 with victory in the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup.

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Liverpool also won the UEFA Super Cup and Charity Shield in 2001 and won the League Cup again the following season.

Houllier has died just days after undergoing a heart operation.

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During his managerial career he also took charge of Aston Villa, Paris Saint-Germain, Lyon, and the France national team. In 2003 he was awarded an honorary OBE for his contributions to British football.

Former England striker Gary Lineker tweeted: "Oh no! Gerard Houllier has passed away. One of football’s smartest, warmest and loveliest people. #RIPGerard."

Houllier started his coaching career began in France and took Lens to promotion before winning Ligue 1 with PSG in 1986.

He had a short spell in charge of France before joining Liverpool in 1998, starting as joint-manager with Roy Evans before taking sole charge.

Liverpool coach Gerard Houllier holding the UEFA Cup trophy after victory over Deportivo Alaves

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He helped rebuild and revitalise Liverpool and enjoyed success in several competitions. He was also taken to hospital during a game against Leeds in October 2001 and underwent an emergency heart operation, which saw him spend five months away from the club.

His six years at Anfield were followed by back-to-back titles with Lyon and then a season with Aston Villa. He led Villa to a ninth-placed finish in the Premier League but had to step down due to ill health.

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