Have Gerrard and Carragher played their last game together for Liverpool?

Slightly, sooner than realised, Liverpool fans may just have witnessed the end of an era.

With just two games of Liverpool's season remaining, and a five point deficit to Everton, barring a late collapse from the Toffees there is really very little at stake but pride to play for in the final fixtures.

For Jamie Carragher the matches will carry extra significance, for they will be his last in a Reds shirt, and the final fixture on May 19 at home to QPR could even be a tear-jerker.

However one player unlikely to be sharing the moment, for the on-pitch action at least, is his long-time teammate Steven Gerrard.

It is being reported that Gerrard has been playing with a shoulder injury and boss Brendan Rodgers does not want him to play on with the pain any longer, and get it sorted via an operation instead.

While also having the effect of seeing the midfielder miss out on England's summer fixtures, it means Gerrard may just have played for the very last time with Carragher in the Merseyside Derby at the weekend.

It is a wise decision of Brendan Rodgers not to risk Gerrard's health further, for at 32-years-old a serious injury is not something Liverpool want their talisman to have to deal with.

Any aggravation of the shoulder problem could be a real unwanted problem for the Reds, as Gerrard would end up missing the majority of their pre-season and even the beginning of 2013/14.

With Suarez suspended for the opening fixtures, having Gerrard out too would be far from ideal.

Getting the captain into surgery now, if required, would be the best move as it gets it out of the way, and it can heal hopefully in time for the bulk of the Reds' pre-season campaign.

It's sad news for Carragher not to potentially have his mate out there with him for his final appearance, but he will certainly be on the sidelines to share the moment.

And we're sure they will get to share a pitch together once more in a future testimonial, given the chance. 

But if fans felt a lack of significant or poignancy about the 0-0 draw at the weekend, the fact the duo may have performed together for the last time should retrospectively make it an occasion worth remembering.


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