On July 21 2014, after winning 114 caps for England, Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard retired from international football.
A month later, with 106 caps of his own, Frank Lampard did the same.
But that was not the end of the changes for Lampard. He would also leave Chelsea for a stint in the MLS with New York City FC – although there would be another twist when Manchester City took the midfielder on loan before he had kicked a ball for his new side.
While Chelsea opted not to give Lampard a contract extension, the reigning Premier League champions knew he was too good to ignore as he waited for his American club’s March kick-off. And they have not been let down, with the 36-year-old already netting vital goals for the Blues.
But given the two players’ international retirements, along with the fact that Lampard swapped clubs while Gerrard remained at Anfield, how do their current campaigns compare?
Lampard has been used sparingly by City, while injury has also played a significant part with the former Chelsea man missing the last five matches with a thigh injury.
In contrast, the Liverpool skipper has already played for 1,191 minutes this season, an ever-present until the recent Champions League encounter with Real Madrid.
Despite Lampard playing over one thousand minutes less than his former international teammate, the City player has scored just one goal fewer than Gerrard this season while both have managed a single assist.
In that regard, Lampard has excelled while Gerrard is unlikely to be happy with his creative contribution.
Or perhaps there is more to it than that, with Gerrard playing 26 key passes to date compared with just one from Lampard. That Liverpool continue to misfire is not the fault of a player who has laid so many chances on a plate already this campaign.
Gerrard also outperforms Lampard when it comes to passing accuracy while the Liverpool captain has unsurprisingly made more tackles and more interceptions.
In short, since retiring from international football Gerrard has been utilised by his club as much as possible – at least until Brendan Rodgers made a statement but keeping his leader on the bench at the Bernabeu.
In contrast Lampard has barely featured, but when he has, he has shone. If he can get over his most recent injury, given the problems currently being endured at the Etihad he could prove vital to their cause; something Gerrard himself needs to do if the Reds are to get their own faltering campaign back on track.