Steven Gerrard’s performance on Sunday made it clear: He should not be allowed to play a meaningful minute for Liverpool again. His leader legend status will never be in doubt, but any time he gets before departing for Los Angeles is pure charity.
But this is Steven Gerrard we’re talking about! It wasn’t so long ago that his man was vital to the squad. What if that player is still in there, somewhere, just waiting for a wayward stamp and a three-match ban to ignite him? What if the spirit of Istanbul can be awakened one last time, and that spirit ends up being the difference between fifth and fourth?
Steve Gerrard … done … ah! We can’t handle the truth.