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As David Silva says goodbye to the Premier League, our wise men reflect on the emotion of their last games

As Manchester City legend David Silva says goodbye to the Premier League, Jamie Redknapp, Chris Sutton and Martin Keown reflect on the emotion of their last games

  • The greats kept thinking about their last games after Liverpool won the league cup
  • Jamie Redknapp had a sad goodbye to football after knee pain in 2005
  • While Chris Sutton explains how Nemanja Vidic’s elbow ended his career
  • Martin Keown had the perfect shot at Arsenal despite playing for Reading

With Liverpool Manchester City hitting the top spot and winning the Premier League trophy on Wednesday, Sportsmail columnists are reflecting on the emotion of their last games.

Jamie Redknapp remembers the moment he realized it was going to be his last game and claims it was a ‘sad goodbye to football’.

Chris Sutton explains how Nemanja Vidic’s elbow ended his career, while Martin Keown felt he had ‘the perfect shot at Arsenal’.

The greats reflect on the emotion of their last games after Liverpool have won the League Trophy

The greats reflect on the emotion of their last games after Liverpool have won the League Trophy

Jamie Redknapp – Southampton 1 Man Utd 2, May 15, 2005

This wasn’t the best way to bend out when Southampton’s 27-year-old stay on the top flight came to an end. I played the full 90 and it felt like someone was stabbing a knife in my knee. Deep down I suspected this was going to be my last game.

I was only 31, but my knee was in such a condition. Nevertheless, I was desperate to help Southampton. How could I have this club demoted without giving everything?

So I got an injection and committed to playing through the pain. But looking back, I shouldn’t have done that.

A month later, my father was asked if I was going to retire and told reporters I had to quit or I would lose the ability to walk. It was that bad. It was a sad farewell to football for me.

Claiming that knee pain ended his career, Jamie Redknapp said the sad goodbye to football

Claiming that knee pain ended his career, Jamie Redknapp said the sad goodbye to football

Claiming that knee pain ended his career, Jamie Redknapp said the sad goodbye to football

Chris Sutton – Aston Villa 0 Man Utd 3, December 23, 2006

It is rare for a player to say goodbye as he would like to. My last hurray came in an Aston Villa shirt against a Manchester United party that won the title.

We lost 3-0, Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice and Paul Scholes scored that thunderous volley. This was in December and I had only signed in October after an emergency call from Martin O’Neill.

I was 33. But Nemanja Vidic’s elbow caught me in my right eye and that ended my career.

There was nothing malicious in it and I previously had vision problems, but this brought back the blurry vision. I spoke to the doctors and that was it. It was far from the perfect ending.

Chris Sutton says Nemanja Vidic's elbow ended his career when his vision faded

Chris Sutton says Nemanja Vidic's elbow ended his career when his vision faded

Chris Sutton says Nemanja Vidic’s elbow ended his career when his vision faded

Martin Keown – Reading 1 Wolves 2, April 30, 2005

I had the perfect goodbye at Arsenal. At age 37, my last competitive game under Arsene Wenger was a 2-1 win over Leicester at Highbury in May 2004, the last game of our Invincibles season. On the way, the gaffer pulled me to the front of the carriage.

Wenger said a few nice words and told the players that this would be my last game. My testimony was two days later. I didn’t feel ready to retire, so I joined Leicester for half a season and then moved to Reading.

My last game was against Wolves in the championship. There was no major fanfare or broadcast. I had all that at Arsenal. It was just a different game.

Martin Keown felt that he had the perfect sender at Arsenal, despite finishing his career at Reading

Martin Keown felt that he had the perfect sender at Arsenal, despite finishing his career at Reading

Martin Keown felt that he had the perfect sender at Arsenal, despite finishing his career at Reading

What Silva said …

“Looking back at everything I’ve accomplished, I could never have imagined it, even in my wildest dreams. I just want to thank all the supporters, the club and the workers here at the club for making my life much easier and I’m thankful for that. I will be blue-blue forever. ‘

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