Houllier has also supported compatriot Aston Villa, as well as Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon, in a hugely successful managerial career.
He was also manager of the French national team.
A former Houllier player’s best hour of English football has come with a treble in the UEFA Cup, FA Cup and League Cup in the 2000/01 season with Liverpool.
Very popular with gamers and others in the game, tributes quickly poured in when news of his death emerged on Monday morning.
Gary Lineker described him as “one of the smartest, warmest and loveliest people in football”, while Michael Owen, who played under him at Liverpool, described himself as “absolutely heartbroken” by the news. .
“Absolutely sorry to learn that my former boss, Gérard Houllier, has unfortunately passed away,” he said on social networks. “A great manager and a really caring man. ”
Houllier’s coaching career began in France in the 1980s where he guided Lens to promotion before taking over from PSG and winning the French league title.
He took charge of the France team in 1992 before resigning a year later after failing to qualify for the 1994 World Cup.
He joined Liverpool in 1998, first as a co-manager with Roy Evans, before taking over on his own.
He oversaw a transition period leading up to the hugely successful 2000/01 campaign where the club won both domestic cups, the Uefa Cup, following the victory over Alaves in the final, as well as the Charity Shield and the UEFA Super Cup. to start the next season.
He left in 2004, replaced by Rafa Benitez at Anfield, before leading Lyon to two Ligue 1 titles in France.
Houllier returned to English football in 2010 with Aston Villa, helping them to finish ninth, before being forced to resign later this season due to health concerns.
He then took on various technical roles within the game, notably with the Red Bull franchise, as well as the hugely successful Lyon women’s team.