If the rumours are correct next season could see the return of the partnership that posed many an England manager a puzzle they simply could not solve - the Steven Gerrard-Frank Lampard midfield conundrum.
Gerrard announced today that he will be leaving Liverpool in the summer when his contract expires, ending his 26-year association with his boyhood club.
Early reports suggest that it will be a move to an MLS franchise next for the former England captain, and that could mean playing alongside Lampard at New York City FC.
Lampard has excelled on his loan deal with Manchester City this season, so much so it has been extended until the end of the season.
New York City are owned jointly by Manchester City and baseball giants the New York Yankees.
Sven Goran Eriksson, Steve McClaren and Fabio Capello all tried and failed to incorporate both midfielders into their teams when taking charge of the national team, putting one as the holding midfielder, one as the attacker, or even one of them on the wing.
Steven Gerrard in pictures
Steven Gerrard in pictures
1/11 England Under-21s
Steven Gerrard of England celebrates his 13th minute strike during the England v Luxembourg European 2000 Under-21 Qualifying match at the Madejski Stadium, Reading, England. The match finished in a 5-0 win for England
2/11 England 5 Germany 1
Gerrard celebrates his goal in the 5-1 win over Germany, one of his England highlights
3/11 Euro 2004 qualifiers
Gerrard celebrates after scoring the equaliser during the Euro 2004 European Championships Group 7 against Macedonia at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, England
4/11 2006 World Cup qualifiers
Gerrard celebrates with Michael Owen during the FIFA World Cup 2006 group six qualification after scoring against Austria in Vienna
5/11 Beckham and Gerrard
David Beckham and Gerrard in England colours together. The pair were at the heart of England's 'golden generation'
6/11 Beckham and Gerrard
And now Gerrard could follow Beckham in a move to the MLS and LA Galaxy
7/11 Champions League success 2005
Gerrard captained Liverpool to their famous penalty shootout European Cup victory in 2005
8/11 England Player of the Year
Gerrard was named England player of the year in 2013
9/11 2014 World Cup
Gerrard captained his country to the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil last summer
10/11 An early exit
But was unable to prevent defeats to Italy and Uruguay that paved the way to England's early exit from the tournament
11/11 International retirement
Gerrard would go on to announce his international retirement after the ill-fated trip to Brazil
Speaking before the start of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the then England manager Capello said:
"Frank and Steve are used to going forward always because they have one holding player [alongside them for their clubs]. If they will play together one will have to stay in different moments as a holding player.
"If Steve goes forward then Lampard stays and [in] different moments Steve has to stay.
"I know, I know, I know the history," Capello added when reminded of the problems their partnership posed for his predecessors. "Probably both were too young [when they were last played together]. They can't play together? I hope that they can play together. I have to decide."
By England's second game of the tournament, the goalless draw with Algeria, Gerrard was shunted out to the left.Reuse content