Liverpool are on the brink of a Premier League title win, which will break the recent dominance of their arch rivals Manchester United and see a banner of Brendan Rodgers permanently erected in the Kop.
One of the icons of the success the side has enjoyed this season has been captain Steven Gerrard and should the Reds complete a title win, it’s not impossible that the thought of retirement will cross the Liverpool legend’s mind.
Would there be any better way for him to step out of the game after the World Cup, with the Reds securing one of the only titles which has so far eluded him during his time on Merseyside.
The title win will be the ultimate justification that Gerrard was right to turn down that move to Chelsea at the start of the Roman Abramovich era.
Does he still have a lot to offer to the first team? Of course, Rodgers has done great work developing Gerrard into a deeper midfielder, which sets him up to have a longer career but with the title almost in the bag, what does Gerrard have left to achieve at the club?
The main objective for Liverpool was always to get back into the Champions League this season and they can’t finish any lower than third, which allows Rodgers to tick that box on his pre-season check list.
Gerrard has already tasted what it’s like to be a Champions League winning captain.
He was a vital player in that 2005 win, as the Reds came from 3-0 down against AC Milan to push on and win the competition on penalties thanks to some heroics from former goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek.
While Gerrard may have already debated when he’s going to retire, the World Cup is also going to be a big factor in any decision he might make this summer.
Should Gerrard lead England to the slim possibility of success in Brazil, then not only would he have become a Champions League and title winning captain, he’ll have led a side to the World Cup title when no one gives England a snow ball’s chance in hell of toppling the best countries in the world this summer.
In short, Gerrard is faced with the classic question; do I go out on a high or do I ride through this period of success in the hope that Liverpool will dominate English football for the next few years?