Liverpool FC skipper Steven Gerrard has a new addition to the home: a German Shepherd named Quinn.
The four year old, ferocious dog is set to guard the footballer’s £3 million mansion during the Christmas holidays whilst his schedule is particularly busy.
Gerrard might be keeping some distance but is reportedly very happy with the new security arrangement, which will see Quinn and his dog handler Alan Sedley patrolling the grounds in Formby, Merseyside.
It was only two years ago when four burglars raided Gerrard’s property whilst he was in Marseilles playing in a Champions League match – Gerrard’s wife, Alex Curran, was at home at the time watching the match on television and was shaken up by the incident, although thankfully not hurt, whilst their two daughters were asleep upstairs.
Since that incident, Gerrard has hired former SAS soldiers to protect his family. Over the last couple of years, homes of 15 footballers around Manchester and Liverpool have been targeted including the home of Everton’s Phil Jagielka, Manchester United’s Darren Fletcher, Spurs Peter Crouch (while he was at Liverpool) and Manchester City’s Roque Santa Cruz as well as Gerrard’s teammates Pepe Reina, Dirk Kuyt and Daniel Agger.
Operations Manager at Nationwide Sports Security, Frank Firth commented:
‘The dog will be on night patrol and during the early evening he will patrol the gardens. It will also give reassurance to the local community. This is a new feature and we will assess the situation for the World Cup in the new year, but Alex and Steven have both met the dog and they are very happy.’