Steven Gerrard's announcement he would quit Liverpool is not entirely surprising, yet it threatens to mark the end of an era at the club.
The former England captain has been benched recently by Brendan Rodgers, struggling to recapture the dynamic play of last season.
Looking at the midfielder's performances over the past four seasons, there is one key area in which his decline this season is most noticeable, his assists per game.
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In just the space of one season he has gone from providing 0.38 assists per game to 0.05, but there's a key reason for this, and it is not his fault.
The blame can be attributed to Liverpool's poor strikers - for figures actually show Steven Gerrard is creating more chances per game than he did last season.
Add Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez back into the side, and there's a strong prospect the club captain's 'below par' performances would not be as noticeable.
In terms of goals per game, tackles per game and passing accuracy, Gerrard's performances have not differed hugely over the past four seasons, and any 'decline' is not so statisically evident other than the area directly affected by the quality or lack of than those around him.