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Former Liverpool Star Patrik Berger Retires From Professional Football

Sparta Prague forward Patrik Berger has retired from professional football at the age of 36.

The former Liverpool star has been experiencing problems with his knee and decided that the joint could no longer stand the strain of playing professionally.

"Patrik told me yesterday 'It's over. My knee can no longer hold up'," Jozef Chovanec, the Sparta Prague manager, said, according to The Times.

Berger began his career with Sparta in his hometown but will be best remembered for the seven-year spell he spent at Anfield between 1996 and 2003.

He later played for Portsmouth, Stoke City and Aston Villa before moving back to Prague in 2008.

He won 44 caps for the Czech Republic between 1993 and 2001, scoring 18 goals.

Zack Wilson, UK