A final chapter yet to be written

Steven Gerrard announced that he’ll be leaving Liverpool at the end of the season after spending 27 years at the club both as man and boy. His departure will no doubt spark a period of transition at the club and, considering the timing of this announcement, might just well spur Gerrard’s shocked team-mates on to end his final season at Anfield strongly.

Liverpool’s odds to finish in a European spot will shift and change over the coming days and you can read some of the best analysis, insight and debate out there with bluesq.com. Judging the Reds’ final league position could well bring in a healthy payday for those that get it just right. The coming weeks might well just be the most significant in terms of defining the club’s season as they ride the crest of such an emotional wave at such a pivotal point of the calendar.

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After facing AFC Wimbledon in the FA Cup third round on Monday night, Liverpool take on Sunderland and Aston Villa away from home. At their best, they could conceivably take six points from those games. A couple of crunch games against Chelsea in the League Cup semi-finals then await them before January closes with a tricky home tie against West Ham.

Get through the month unscathed and the Merseyside outfit could enter February just outside the Champions League places and looking forward to a showpiece day out at Wembley. Suffer from the form that has plagued them for most of the campaign and they could be languishing in mid-table and left licking their League Cup wounds.

What is for certain is that, with just under half a Premier League campaign to go, Gerrard will remain committed to cause until the very last minute of his very last appearance for Liverpool – a side he’ll forever be synonymous with.