Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers again took the controversial step to rest his captain Steven Gerrard this weekend. In truth it makes sense. Stevie G is no spring chicken any more and with a crunch game against FC Basel in the Champions League coming up Tuesday night there is no doubt that Liverpool need their captain fantastic fresh for the game.
Gerrard came on against Sunderland yesterday and of course put in an excellent performance for his beloved Liverpool.
The fact is that without him Liverpool struggle to play their way, but his time is of course coming to an end and in time someone will be asked to fill that void.
Yesterday, after the game, Rodgers acknowledged the fact that Liverpool will struggled to replace the club hero:
"He was excellent when he came on and, of course, he plays on Tuesday night. Stevie coming onto the field gives the world-class quality that the team needs and I thought he was brilliant when he came on.
"It's very hard to replace that quality - you saw that pass when he first came on. There are not too many players in the whole league that could play that pass.
"Certainly, it's something we need to find - a player of that stature, that quality. He's still got that talent. He's got world-class ability and at this stage of his career it's about me managing that along with him in order to play in the games."
Liverpool will hope one of the players from their youth academy can go on to become the new Gerrard because to think of a player anywhere in world football who might be able to match Gerrard's influence at Liverpool is a very hard task indeed.