In a weekend when Steven Gerrard was treated to a well-deserved testimonial by Liverpool, it also emerged that he turned down the chance to participate in Bayern Munich's treble campaign in order to prolong his career at Anfield, ensuring that he will remain a one-club man.
It didn’t surprise me that he turned down a transfer to Bayern. If Gerrard had moved clubs he would have done so around 2004 and 2005 when there was some uncertainty around Liverpool with Gerard Houllier gone and Rafa Benitez coming in.
Now I think Liverpool is his club and there is no way he would consider playing anywhere else.
At this stage of his career, there is more value in finishing as a one-club man. Some fans had a problem with Kevin Keegan leaving in 1977 but Gerrard won’t have that stigma.
He has been loyal to the end and supporters love that. Especially when there is almost no loyalty left in football now.
Liverpool fans will be thinking: 'with Jamie Carragher gone and Gerrard now in the final stages of his career, who will be next to come through the academy and become a legend?' But the days of quality one-club men at Liverpool are over.
There might be useful players who stay at Anfield – a bit like Carragher in some respects – because they are players you can trust. But a player of Gerrard’s quality, with the number of offers he has had, won’t stay at Liverpool in future. They will probably go and chase their dreams elsewhere and try and in the league with another club.
You’ll probably never see anyone like Gerrard stay as long as he did, unless of course Liverpool manage to become a force again and return to the top.
Many fans of other clubs will say Gerrard should have moved for the good of his career. He had the chance to go to Chelsea during Jose Mourinho’s first spell in charge and could have won trophy after trophy, but he wanted to chase that dream with Liverpool.
The first thing that stands out about Gerrard is his quality as a player, but in the eyes of Liverpool fans there is a lot more to it. It is his loyalty, the fact he is one of them.
He has always played for his hometown club. There have been other opportunities to pursue but he has always turned them down and I think the fans appreciated that.
He has always had the same enthusiasm as the fans, thinking that Liverpool would be alright, that they would get back to where they used to be: challenging for the title.
He always had the optimism that he would win a Premier League title at Anfield. Because of that he has always had a special bond with the fans.
Gerrard is a complete contrast to Luis Suarez, who has made his mind up and wants to play Champions League football this season. But I always say that you can’t expect foreign players to want to play for Liverpool for 15 years. They might want to go elsewhere to win a trophy.
As for Gerrard's quality as a player you can make your own mind up – certainly the debates about whether he is Liverpool’s great player will persist for some time. I think there’s no doubt he would be in most Liverpool fans’ top three players though.
Whether he is the absolute best is difficult to say, but it’s certainly right to say that there will never be another Liverpool player who will have more defining moments in matches than Gerrard. You think about Istanbul, the FA Cup final against West Ham, the goal against Olympiacos…
He has so many stand-out moments and even Kenny Dalglish can’t match him in that respect. He has always played under enormous pressure and has thrived at those tricky times. When the game is slipping away from him it can bring the best out of Gerrard.
Is he the greatest ever? Kevin Keegan was twice European Player of the Year, Michael Owen was European Player of the Year, then you have players like Dalglish and John Barnes.
The list is endless. But Steven will be satisfied that he is up there with the best of them.
It looks as though his CV is going to be missing a league title when he does end his career at Liverpool. The chance was 2008-09 when they finished second; the league title was thrown away that year. At the moment Liverpool are still some way short of the teams who are genuinely challenging for the title.
But Gerrard’s failure to win a trophy doesn’t diminish his quality as a player. George Best never played in a World Cup; Johan Cruyff never won one.
Gerrard can hold his head up as one of the best and I think players who played against him over the years would recognise that too.