England’s Euro sojourn ended when they paid the penalty to Italy.
Steven Gerrard did the best he could as skipper of the Three Lions team, but his best wasn’t enough to secure them a spot in the semis.
His performances were better than his teammates', but certainly his class has gone down by several notches. Gerrard struggled for the possession of the ball and his passes were too inaccurate at times.
Clearly, age has gotten to him. And it won’t be long before the Liverpool skipper’s club performance levels begin to drop as well, until such a day when his services will no longer be required.
Gerrard, from a personal point of view, is the greatest player to have ever played for Liverpool. But the fact remains that Liverpool—beginning now—should prepare for life without Gerrard.
Gerrard has been the talisman for LFC for so long, but the time is now right to look for the next person strong enough to carry the club on his own.