Arsene Wenger leads mourners at Gerard Houllier’s funeral in Paris after Liverpool legend’s death aged 73

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THE funeral of former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier took place in France today.

And ex-Arsenal gaffer and Houllier’s countryman Arsene Wenger attended to pay his respects for the Calais-born football legend.

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Football lost a legend when Gerard Houllier died at the age of 73[/caption]

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Arsene Wenger attended the funeral of his countryman in Paris[/caption]

Houllier died at the age of 73 in Paris after a heart operation.

France football legends Basile Boli and Bixente Lizarazu, Lyon boss Rudi Garcia and the club’s President Jean-Michel Aulas were also at the service.

Houllier famously led the Anfield giants to the FA Cup, League Cup and Uefa Cup treble in 2001.

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Ex-footballer Basile Bole paid his respects to the French boss[/caption]

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France legend Bixente Lizarazu also attended the service[/caption]

In October of that same year, he underwent emergency heart surgery after falling ill on the bench during a Premier League fixture against Leeds United.

Houllier was rushed to hospital for an emergency operation due to the discovery of a heart condition, an aortic dissection.

He returned to the touchline five months later and led Liverpool to a second place finish in the 2002 season.

Houllier left the Reds in 2004 and was replaced by Rafa Benitez.

He returned to management a year later back in his homeland at Lyon.

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Houllier will be remembered as one of the game’s real innovators[/caption]

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Like Houllier, Wenger enjoyed lots of success in English football[/caption]

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Lyon manager Rudi Garcia was also at the remembrance service[/caption]

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Gerard’s wife Isabelle is comforted at her husband’s funeral[/caption]


And he headed back to England in 2010 to take charge of Aston Villa.

But that spell at Villa Park was cut-short due to illness and forced him to step-down from his role after just nine months.

Houllier also managed Lens and Paris Saint-Germain at club level and he was boss of the French national team between 1992 and 93.

He arrived at Anfield as joint-manager with Roy Evans in 1998 but took sole charge that November.

In addition to the to treble, Houllier also won another League Cup and the European Super Cup with the Reds.

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Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas paid his respects to the legendary French boss[/caption]

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