Kirkland opens heart to media
– Former Liverpool and England goalkeeper Chris Kirkland has revealed depression was behind his decision to retire from the game last year.
The 36-year-old left Bury shortly after joining the English third-tier club, having previously played for teams including Liverpool, Wigan Athletic and Sheffield Wednesday.
Capped once by England, Kirkland said he had thought about committing suicide, but thoughts of his wife and daughter kept him going.
“I was worried how close I was to the next step. That’s why I said I needed to stop playing,” Kirkland said in an interview with The Guardian yesterday. – AFP