There may be a sense of unfinished business upon his retirement but the Liverpool legend feels he has a role to play in the game.
Steven Gerrard winner v Olympiakos - 2004/5
It could have been different, it should have been different but no-one can doubt that it was a remarkable career for Steven Gerrard. There should be one or two more honours on his CV, he perhaps deserved the fairytale ending.
He gave his hometown club some of the greatest memories in the last 20 or so years. Dragging the side through games with moments of magic and inspiration.
The strike against Olympiacos, the Champions League win in Istanbul, the FA Cup final against West Ham United at Cardiff that was named after him. The countless piledrivers. The list is endless.
It felt like it shouldn't have finished that way. It felt like the following season, which saw his last two games as a Liverpool player result in miserable defeats. A spineless send-off at Anfield, followed by a total collapse in a 6-1 defeat to Stoke City on the final. It was perhaps poetic that he got the Reds consolation during his final appearance at a time when he was let down by his teammates and manager. He deserved better.
One can't help but feel he should have been ending his career in triumph in Liverpool rather than heading to the United States with LA Galaxy - where he would fall short.
Liverpool's Steven Gerrard and manager Rafael Benitez arrive with the Champions League trophy
Gerrard said in his retirement statement that he feels he still has something to offer the game. Having turned down the manager's job at MK Dons, there is a real chance he could end up back at Liverpool in a coaching capacity. One would hope that Liverpool take advantage of the opportunity for him to put the youngsters through their paces every day at the club - his appointment to such a role alone would give the younger players coming through the system that lift.
186 goals from 710 appearances. Three league cups, two FA Cups, a UEFA Cup and a Champions League winners medal all with his hometown club. 21 goals from 114 caps for England, one of the finest midfielders of his generation. Imagine being a young player and learning from someone of that calibre - who probably has that hunger for youngsters to do the few things that he couldn't manage.
He should be congratulated on a terrific career.
Part of his statement read: "I am excited about the future and feel I still have a lot to offer the game, in whatever capacity that may be. I am currently taking my time to consider a number of options and will make an announcement with regards to the next stage of my career very soon.''
His next move will be watched with intrigue.
Steven Gerrard playing for the LA Galaxy